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- Category: A
- Date Added: 03/08/1971
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish: Canonbie
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NY 38231 78559
- Coordinates: 338231, 578559
16th century tower house shell sympathetically restored for
domestic use 1979-80, W G Dawson architect. Roughly coursed
rubble, ashlar dressings, rectangular or slit openings, mostly roll-moulded, some with relieving arches. Door at S end of W
wall; central gun port to elevations at ground level;
small-paned windows; splayed base course; continuous corbel
table with cable moulding curved over angles, rope-moulding
raised at intervals (some upper stonework removed).
Crow-stepped gables, corbelled apex beacon platform at S,
corniced end stack at N. Slate roof.
INTERIOR: lower level vaulted (prehistoric stone in floor at
door to latter); circular stair within SW angle.
Statement of Special Interest
The beacon platform is a rarity. Usually known as Hollows
Tower, sometimes as Gilnockie Tower, though local tradition
claims that the latter stood on the E bank of the Esk opposite.
Upgraded B to A 12.7.88.
RCAHM, INVENTORY OF DUMFRIES, 1920 no. 43 pp 26-7. (inc photo). MacGibbon and Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE
vol III, 1889. pp 217-220.
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