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LardgJockes (Puddingburn 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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Puddingburn Ha; Stanygill Burn; Side; Bornemothe

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: NY45488578
Latitude 55.16333° Longitude -2.85725°

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

There are masonry footings remains.

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

  • Pele House ('bastle')
    Unmortared Pele.

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 4548 8577) Earthwork (NR) (OS 6" map (1957))
Old House, Stanygill Burn: On a narrow promontory between Black Grain and Dow Sike, at the point where they join Stanygill Burn, there is a sheepfold with two small, rectangular stone structures on its W side. The N and W walls of the more northerly of these show constructional features suggesting they once formed two sides of a small 16th century house. Jeffrey, mentioning a corner of wall "of great thickness and strength" still standing here, calls this "Puddingburn Ha'".
Close by, on the SE, the promontory is crossed by a low eastern bank, without ditch or entrance, which may be contemporary. (RCAHMS 1956, visited 1949; A Jeffrey 1864)
Armstrong mentions "Puddingburn Tower" near to Side (NY48NE 6). (W A Armstrong 1960)
The sheepfold is as described; the 1.2m wide walls contain numerous squared blocks but the supposed 16th century walling cannot be identified. Dr Robson (curator, Hawick Museum) is fairly sure that this is the site of Puddingburn Tower, however, this supposition cannot be verified from ground evidence. There is no trace of a bank on the SE side, however, there are many other sinuous field banks surrounding the sheepfold but none appear to have any special significance. Visited by OS (MJF) 17 August 1979.
The remains of this rectangular tower-house, situated on a promontory at the confluence of the Dow Sike with the Stanygill Burn, have been incorporated within a more recent sheep stell. The surviving portion of the tower wall measures 6.6m from N to S by 5m transversely, is 1.3m thick and stands to a maximum height of 1.5m. What may be the S end wall is marked by a low bank, but there is no trace of the E wall. A splayed window is visible in the N wall. To the SW of the tower there is a curving section of bank, 2.5m in thickness; its function is unknown. (LID96 319)
Visited by RCAHMS (JBS) 16 April 1996 (Canmore)

Classified as a "Tower House (medieval)(possible)" in Canmore but the description of the physical remains (which are scant) is of a pele-house type bastle. Appears to me to be the fortified house marked as LardeJockes on the 1590 map.
The resident householder c. 1590.

John Armestronge called "the Lairds Jocke" (Border Papers)
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