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Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Tower-of-sark

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Kinmont's Tower; Sark Tower

Canmore ID 67538

Site Number NY37NW 5

NGR NY 33374 75079

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NY37NW 5 3337 7507.

(NY 3337 7507) Tower (NR) (Site of)

OS 25" map (1900)

For modern farmsteading of Tower-of-Sark (NY 3339 7503), see NY37NW 46.

Kinmont's Tower of Sark, or Morton, is shown on a map of 1590. It was here that Buccleuch made final plans to rescue Kinmont Willie from Carlisle Castle in 1596.

J and R Hyslop 1912

There is now no trace of this tower, referred to as 'Sark Tower' by the local farmer.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 22 June 1970


Field Visit (November 1980)

Tower-of-Sark NY c. 334 750 NY37NW 5

Nothing can be seen of what is variously known as Sark, Morton or Kinmont's Tower; it is depicted on a map of 1590 and is locally said to have stood about 100m E of Tower-of-Sark farmhouse.

RCAHMS 1981, visited November 1980

(Hyslop and Hyslop 1912, 251, 320,357; Graham 1914, 136)

Note (1997)

NY 3337 7507 NY37NW 5

Listed as tower.

RCAHMS 1997.


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