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Fourmerkland Tower And Barmkin

Barmkin (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Fourmerkland Tower And Barmkin

Classification Barmkin (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 65914

Site Number NX98SW 3

NGR NX 90856 80755

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX98SW 3 9085 8075.

(NX 9085 8075) Fourmerkland Tower (NR)

OS 6" map (1969)

Fourmerkland Tower is complete and in good repair, though unoccupied. Measuring 23 1/2 ft by 19 ft externally, it stands three storeys and an attic in height, with angle- turrets at the NE and SW corners. A heraldic panel above the door is dated '1590'. The foundations, however, are known to be older (A E Truckell 1961).

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889; RCAHMS 1920, visited 1912; N Tranter 1965

As described above. Extensive repairs were being carried out at the time of visit.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 29 June 1964

In certain lighting conditions it is possible to see the position and extent of the barmkin wall round the tower. The area enclosed measures approximately 20 m square.

A E Truckell 1971

Architecture Notes


Miss I.H.K. Beattie, architect, Dumfries:

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