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Gilsbie (Gillesbie Tower)

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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Gillesby

In the civil parish of Hutton And Corrie.
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: NY17179192
Latitude 55.21465° Longitude -3.30311°

This is certain as the location of Gilsbie shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are masonry footings 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

(NY 1717 9192) Gillesbie Tower (NR) (Remains of)
OS 6" map, (1958)
See also NY19SE 33 Upper Fenton, Architectural Fragments
Fragmentary remains of a probably 16th century stronghold originally some 41' by 35', with walls about 6' thick. An earthen rampart with outer ditch, which formed an arc from the steep river bank on the E round the tower to the bank again, has been cut through by a modern road. (RCAHMS 1920)
In a map of c. 1590 'Gilsbie' tower is shown E of the River Annan. (Burghley c. 1590)
The tower measures overall 9.0m NW-SE by 12.5m transversely with walling 2.0m thick and in the SE corner 5.5m high. The interior is heavily overgrown and walling unsafe, but in the SE is a well-preserved garderobe. The court measures c. 25m NE-SW by c. 20m transversely, the enclosing rampart remaining to a maximum height of 2.2m while the ditch is 2.6m deep. Name confirmed. Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (D W R) 7 December 1971
On the right bank of the Dryfe Water, there are the remains of a 16th-century tower-house. It stands to first-floor level, has round-chamfered external angles, and a garderobe chute, descending from second-floor level, in the S angle. The interior is choked with debris but measures 12.2m from SW to NE by 9.3m transversely over walls up to 1.9m in thickness. The tower, which is set side-on to the river-cliff, occupies the S portion of a D-shaped enclosure defined by a ditch up to 5m broad and 2.6m deep. On the N, there is an inner bank (up to 5m thick and 3.2m high), remodelled at least once, which has been truncated by the public road that transects the site. A medial cut across the bank is probably the result of modern disturbance but may be on the site of an original entrance. Beside the ditch, to the NE of the tower, a rubble spread suggests the provision of a wall to continue the line of the bank.
The earthwork possibly predates the tower. For a number of architectural fragments which may have come from the tower see NY19SE 33. Gillesbie is on record in 1486 and was the property of the Grahams. Visited by RCAHMS (IMS) 15 May 1990.
Listed as tower and earthwork. (RCAHMS 1997) (Canmore)

In terms of social status probably more a tower house than a form of bastle but the actual form of the building is a little unclear although it may well have been three or more storeys.
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