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Ladiesstaine Ro: Ellotts (Larriston 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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Ladiesfaine; Larriston; Haggishaugh; Haggys haugh

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: NY546945
Latitude 55.24285° Longitude -2.71497°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Ladiesstaine Ro: Ellotts 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

(Approx NY 547 944) The strong fort of Robert Elliot stood on the left bank of Liddel Water and adjacent to the house of Haggishaugh (marked on Stobie's map of Roxburghshire, 1770, at Larriston). When its foundations were dug up about sixty years ago, the workmen discovered what had been a large oven also an 18 lb cannon-ball. A map in the British Museum dated 1590 marks a tower symbol in this area, with the name "Robert Elliot, Ladiestane". All the Border Elliots are descended from this Robert Elliot. (cf NY59SW 7 and NY59SW 8 ). (A Jeffrey 1864)
The published site for Larriston Tower is at NY 5555 9370, beside Larriston Burn (see NY59SE 1). Dr Robson (Hawick Museum) does not dispute this location, although he states a form of tower may have existed at or near Haggishaugh whose site is believed to be occupied by the present 18th century Larriston House. There is no external sign that this house incorporates earlier material, and enquiries there proved negative. Visited by OS (JRL) 31 July 1979
At NY 54679438 are the buried footings of a small rectangular building. Possibly the site of Ladieston Tower found by dowsing. Information from letter from A Elliott, Providence Cottage, Bishop Auckland, Durham. Footings of Haggishaugh Hall found by dowsing on the lawn of Larriston House (NY 5453 9442), August 1989. Information from letter and plan from A Elliott, Providence Cottage, Bishop Auckland, Durham 21 November 1989. (Canmore)

There is much confabulation and confusion between this site and Prickinghaugh, a confusion not help by the inclusion in the Canmore record of the utter hokum that is dowsing!
The 1590 map probably records fortified house of border reviers but was probably made by someone with only general knowledge of the local geography and who was probably working from second-hand accounts. It shows two houses called 'Pickeringhaw' and 'Ladiesstaine Ro: Ellotts' on opposite banks of the Liddel Water.
The Pont map of 1608 (published in Blaeu in 1654) shows habitations (not just towers) and, while Pont probably understood the geography somewhat better is still a rough map. It shows, with a somewhat large symbol than usual, a place called 'Prickinghauch' north of the Liddel Water and opposite a 'N. Laristoun' and further upstream a 'Zaristounn'.
The Roy map of c. 1750 shows two residences, close to each other, on the south side of the Liddel Water, the downstream site is unnamed the upstream site is labelled 'Hagygs haugh'.
The Liddel Water does sit in a 'U' shaped valley and has changed course within that valley over time. I suspect that in the C16/C17 the course of the Liddel Water was between the two sites.
On this bases I suggest this was the 'Ladiesstaine Ro: Ellotts' site. This could well have been a rectangular pele-house of some form. However I am, in no way, agreeing with of confirming the form and location suggested by dowsing done by an individual called Elliot with the bias that that family connection suggests.
The finds reported by Jeffrey relate to the Prickinghaugh (Breaken Tower) site which he, in my view, erroneously equated with the 'Ladiesstaine Ro: Ellotts' site.
The resident householder c. 1590.

Robert Elliot
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