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Holmains Tower

House (17th Century), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Holmains Tower

Classification House (17th Century), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Holmains House

Canmore ID 66131

Site Number NY07NE 7

NGR NY 0828 7652

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Dalton
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Annandale And Eskdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NY07NE 7 0828 7652.

(NY 0828 7652) Holmains Tower (NR) (Site of).

OS 6" map (1957)

Holmains Tower does not appear to have been a place of great strength, although described as 'a considerable stronghold before the union of the crowns'. Said to be in ruins in 1795 and 1835.

A stone 'on the mantlepiece' of Holmains Farm bears the escutcheon of the Carruthers family and the date 1665.

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845 (T H Thomson); Name Book 1856-98; Statistical Account (OSA) 1795

This tower was situated on top of a small rocky knoll, and appears to have been rectangular, measuring 6.2m N-S by 6.8m E-W. Traces of the outer wall face can be seen on the north and east sides, and there is some fallen masonry at the SW angle, but otherwise there are no remains. A courtyard possibly existed to the south of the tower.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 9 June 1966

No change to previous field report.

Visited by OS (DWR) 22 February 1973.

Architecture Notes


Scottish Records Office

GD 207/164/5

Marriage stone in an old farmhouse at Holmains.

Moved to the farmhouse when the Border Tower was pulled down.

The Arms arethose of John Carruthers of Holmains and Helen Grierson. The carving is dated 1665.

Pen and wash sketch by A Clephane.


GD 206/104/97

Mason work at the House of Holmains.

Receipted account for £26.2.8 and measurement of the work done by John Mein.


GD 206/104/94

Slater work at the House of Holmains.

Receipt from John Thomson, slater.


GD 207/104/168 and 189

GD 207/105/25

Wright work at the House of Holmains.

Measurement of work by John Rae and receipted accounts.


GD 207/119/42


[Lay out of a garden.]

Drawn on the instructions of John Carruthers of Holmains



Note (1997)

NY 0828 7652 NY07NE 7

Listed as tower.

RCAHMS 1997.


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