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Breckonside Tower

Building (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Breckonside Tower

Classification Building (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 65090

Site Number NX88NW 11

NGR NX 84057 88908

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Glencairn
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes ( - 1977)

NX88NW 11 8406 8891.

(NX 84068891) Breckonside Tower (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1957)

The ruins at this site consist of Breckonside Tower to the W, measuring 29ft 6 ins by 21ft. Its 4 to 5ft thick walls stand 3ft high. There is an adjoining outbuilding to the N, and another 5ft distant to the E. Their walls are reduced to turf-covered mounds.

RCAHMS 1920, visited 1912

John Maxwell of 'Brakensyd' is mentioned in 1552-3.

Information from OS Recorder (IF) 26 November 1976

The remains of Breckonside Tower (Mr Geddes, Straith, Nr Dunscore) are generally as described by the RCAHMS. The walling of the tower is 1.2m thick and up to 1.0m high and that of the outbuildings is 0.9m wide and 0.8m high.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (BS) 25 August 1977


Field Visit (28 January 1992)

Breckonside Tower and an adjacent building are situated towards the end of a slight spur to the E of the Laggan Burn. The tower (Nith 206) measures 5m from NNE to SSW by 4m transversely within faced-rubble walls between 1.2m and 1.4m in thickness and up to 1.1m in height. An outshot on the NNE end of the tower extends for 4.6m The second building (Nith 207) lies approximately at right angles to the NNE end of the tower outshot and measures 9.5m from E to W by 4.2m transversely within stone footings 1m in thickness and 0.6m in height. The entrance is in the S side and there is an outshot on the E end extending for 9m.

(Nith 206, 207)

Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 28 January 1992.


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