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Milholme (Baholm 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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Milburne; Bowholm

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: NY51309495
Latitude 55.24637° Longitude -2.76752°

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

There are no visible remains.

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

  • 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 5130 9495) Baholm Tower (NR) (Site of) (OS 6" map (1957))
This spot was indicated by two local informants as the site of Baholm Tower, which belonged to the Elliots. (Name Book 1858)
The published site falls on the edge of a S-facing scarp within a dense copse. Nothing significant was found during perambulation of the surrounding area.
Neither the name nor the tradition of a tower here could be confirmed locally. Dr Robson (curator Hawick Museum) confirms the approximate location, but his researches indicate that it was a vaulted house rather than a strong tower, and that its original and probably more correct name is "Bowholm".
Visited by OS (JRL) 19 July 1979 (Canmore)

Although the fortified house marked on the 1590 map as 'Milhome' is depicted on the other side of Hermitage Water this pele-house may well be the site meant. The 1590 plan seems to have been made by someone with only passing understanding of the geography and possibly working from second hand accounts.
It would be nice to know what Dr Robson's researches were based upon but a pele-house of some form - possibly vaulted is a reasonably supposition by analogue to other late C16 houses of this sort of social status (in this case a sub-gentry cadet member of the Elliot family)
The resident householder c. 1590.

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This record created on 22/07/2015 06:55:28; This record last updated on 28/09/2015 08:35:51

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