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The Gatehouse website record of

Copshawes (Copshaw)

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

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Park Tower

In the civil parish of Castleton.
In the historic county of Roxburghshire, Scotland.
Modern Authority of Scottish Borders, Scotland.
1974 county of Borders, Scotland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY47998757
Latitude 55.17965° Longitude -2.81808°

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

There are no visible remains.

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

  • Tower House (gentry)
    Pele House ('bastle').

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

(NY 4799 8757) Park Tower (NR) (Site of) (OS 6" map (1957))
Copshaw Tower (formerly on the farm of Park) stood on the right bank of the river, exactly opposite Whithaugh (NY48NE 12), at the corner of the plantation where the Langholm road turns N. Ruinous in 1793, it was a property of the Elliots. It is shown by a tower symbol on a map of 1590. No traces of it now remain apart from the remains of old peel-dykes and enclosures on what is now Newcastleton common. Jeffrey notes an arrow-slit from this tower, built into a garden wall in the village while the RCAHMS describe three other stones inserted into buildings in the village "probably from Copshaw Tower"; one is dated 1686. (A Jeffrey 1864; RCAHMS 1956, visited 1946)
There is no trace of this tower site in the area indicated and Dr Robson (Hawick Museum) has no documentary evidence to support the OS site; however, he suggests that there probably was a tower in the general locality. The various stones were not located. Visited by OS (TRG) 2 July 1979
There is no visible evidence of a tower at this site. Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) March 1996
The resident householder c. 1590.

? Elliots
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This record created on 22/07/2015 06:53:51; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:32:01

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