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Nichol Of Ye sheelds (The Shiel)

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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Schiell; Shield; 'nicholl Batie Of The Sheelds'; 'nicholl Batie Of The Schield

In the civil parish of Westerkirk.
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: NY28309169
Latitude 55.21426° Longitude -3.12839°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Nichol Of Ye sheelds shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are no visible remains.

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

  • Unmortared Pele
    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

Tower of 'Nichol of ye Sheelds' seen on map of c. 1590. (Shiel: NY 283 916). (BM Royal MS. 18Diii, Burghley Atlas c.1590)
No further information. Visited by OS (DWR) 16 October 1973.
There are no visible remains of the tower of 'Nicholl of the Sheelds' that is noted on a map of 1590. 'Nicholl Batie of the Schield' is on record in 1569. (RCAHMS 1980, visited July 1980. J and R Hyslop 1912)
Shiel. Listed as tower. (RCAHMS 1997) (Canmore)

Canmore only roughly locate this site. The likely location is under the modern building or, at least, within the small enclosure around that building. There is nothing to suggest reuse of the two nearby Iron Age embanked earthworks.
The resident householder c. 1590.

See Beatty, John D. and Beaty, Leslie F., n.d., A Summary of Batie and Batison Families in Sixteenth Century Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland online copy
Hyslop, J. and Hyslop, R., 1912, Langholm as it was: a history of Langholm and Eskdale from the earliest times p. 294 online copy
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This record created on 07/06/2015 10:15:30; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:02:55

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