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Redhall (Redhall)

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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Reidhall

In the civil parish of Kirkpatrick-fleming.
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: NY28916937
Latitude 55.01383° Longitude -3.11316°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Redhall 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

(NY 28916937) REDHALL CASTLE (NR) (Site of) (OS 6" map (1898-1947))
A map in the British Museum, dated December 1590, marks "Redhall" with a tower symbol (BM Royal MS. tract addressed to Lord Burghley, AD 1590). (A Jeffrey 1864)
The site of this castle or tower occupies a slight shelf in an arable field. There are no visible remains, however, and no further information was found locally. Visited by OS (RD) 17 October 1967.
Listed as tower. (RCAHMS 1997) (Canmore)

Redhall Castle, Redhall. Iviii. S.E. The attribution in the O.S. map to the 13th century is unwarranted. The story in the Stat. Acct., vol. xiii. pp. 271-2, applies to the Red Hall of the Flemings in the town of Berwick at the siege of 1296. The writer says that the tower was destroyed at the beginning of the 18th century. There is no other record of the place, but "James Johnnestoun in Reidhall" appears in the list of Johnstones in 1594 ( Book of Caerlaverock, vol. ii. p. 498). (RCAHMS 1920)

It is clear this was not the site of a C13 castle. However it was the site of a C16 strong house of some form. It looks although the surrounding area is good quality farm land and there is also a mill so the economics could support a small tower house or a good size chamber over byre pele-house.
The resident householder c. 1590.

James Johnnestoun
Fraser, Wm, 1873, The Book of Caerlaverock (Edinburgh) Vol. 2 p. 498
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