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Sim: Ellotts (Pinglehole)

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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Pingilholls; The hole

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: NY556962
Latitude 55.25816° Longitude -2.69925°

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

(Area centred NY 55709626) 'Pingillholls' with tower symbol on Ponts map of Liddesdale (1608). (Canmore)

A fortified house shown on the 1590 map is identified by the name of the holder only. The Ellotts were a family with rather numerous holdings in this area and identifying a Simon Ellott alive in 1590 has not proved possible as yet. I read the map as suggesting a site in the vicinity of Pinglehole. This is called Pingilholls on Pont's 1607 map which, at least, suggests there was a habitation of some form at the site in 1607, although Canmore is incorrect in assuming the Pont symbols represent towers (they seem to represent any form of habitation).
The map reference given in Canmore is misleadingly precise as well as fundamentally inaccurate (OS grip references define an area and should not be used as point locations on which to 'center' an area.). There are some suggestions that the modern cottages taking the name are not on the site of the original habitation which may have been a little to the north, but which side of the beck is not clear.
The form of Simon Ellott's house is not known. The relative lack of him in the records suggests he was a minor member of the Clan, and the lack of building remains suggests a modest house. A chamber over byre peel-house (possibly one of clay bonded walls) would be a reasonable assumption.
The resident householder c. 1590.

Simon Ellott
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This record created on 06/06/2015 07:46:09; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:37:06

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