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Platform Building(S) (Medieval) - (Post Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Calfield

Classification Platform Building(S) (Medieval) - (Post Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Caufield; Cawfield

Canmore ID 67734

Site Number NY38SW 3

NGR NY 34189 84539

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NY38SW 3 3418 8452

(NY 3418 8452) Calfield Tower (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map (1957)

No traces remain of Calfield Tower, which is said to have belonged to the Armstrongs. This spot was indicated as its site by four local informants.

Name Book 1857

Caufield or Cawfield is mentioned in 1581, and Calfield with its mill in 1628.

J and R Hyslop 1912.

The OS siting falls on a level stance, which is approximately 27.0m by 20.0m, on a very steep east-facing hillslope at 183m OD. This position is overlooked and it appears to be an unlikely site for a tower. Dr M Robson, of Wilton Lodge Museum, has no information about a tower at Calfield.

Visited by OS (MJF), 1 November 1979.


Field Visit (February 1981)

Calfield NY 341 845 NY38SW 3

On a natural shelf in a steep E-facing slope 600m NNE of Calfield farmhouse an area of disturbance may indicate the site of Calfield Tower, noted in Blaeu's Atlas in 1654. Adjacent to the disturbance are the remains of up to three platform-buildings varying in size from 6.2m by 3m to 13.5m by 3.3m internally.

RCAHMS 1981, visited February 1981.

(Blaeu 1654b; Name Book, Dumfries, No. 35, p. 86; Hyslop and Hyslop 1912, 280, 281, 358).

Note (1997)

NY 3418 8452 NY38SW 3

Listed as tower and buildings.

RCAHMS 1997.


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