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Arcleton (Arkleton)

a location shown on a 1590 map of the West Marches of Scotland (The Aglionby Platt)

In the civil parish of Ewes.
In the historic county of Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Modern Authority of Dumfries And Galloway, Scotland.
1974 county of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY38019151
Latitude 55.21396° Longitude -2.97571°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Arcleton shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are no visible remains.

The likely form(s) of this building in 1590 are;

  • Tower House (gentry).

A section of the 1590 Aglionby Platt. Image reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland
Reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland

A tower is shown at Arkleton (NY 378 914) on a map of 1590. It was given to Ninian Armstrong by Robert, Lord Maxwell in 1537. Moulded stones from it are built into the present house. The RCAHMS describe two incised stones, built into the walls of Arkleton. One is a marriage stone of Walter Eliot, dated 1671, and the other also bears an inscription relating to Walter Eliot. (J and R Hyslop 1912; RCAHMS 1920, visited 1912)
Dr M Robson of Wilton Lodge Museum confirms the existence and general siting of this tower. His records indicate that there were extant remains until the early 19th century, before it was entirely demolished. The site is locally believed to be on rising ground just to the N of Arkleton House, now in a landscaped garden. The house is entirely mid-19th century and later construction and incorporates no obvious earlier material apart from the two inscribed stones. These stones are as described; one is inserted in a wall inside the house, and the other in a garden annexe wall on the N side of the house. (Visited by OS (JRL) 25 September 1979)
This tower, recorded on a map of 1590, is said to have stood 'just to the N' of Arkleton House, into the fabric of which two inscribed stones have been incorporated, one bearing the name of Walter Eliot, the other the initials WE and KF and the date 1671. (RCAHMS 1981)
Listed as tower. (RCAHMS 1997) (Canmore)
The resident householder c. 1590.

Ninian Armstrong in 1537, may have had an Eliot as resident in 1590.
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This record created on 08/06/2015 10:21:47; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:18:06

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