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The Gatehouse website record of

whithaugh (Whithaugh)

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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Quhythauch

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: NY48888801
Latitude 55.18345° Longitude -2.80439°

Whithaugh has been suggested as a location on the Aglionby Platt although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry footings remains.

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

  • Tower House (gentry).

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 4887 8798) Tower (NR) (Site of) (OS 6" map (1957))
Only the foundations of Whithaugh Tower remained in 1795, and in 1931 the only surviving portion was an unvaulted cellar, partly underground. An armorial stone dated (?) 1552 and insribed BIGIT B(E) LONSI ARMSTRONG, taken from it, has been inserted above the entrance to the modern mansion of Whithaugh. (RCAHMS 1956, visited 1931; OSA 1795)
"The hous of Quhythauch in Liddisdaill" was taken by the English in an escalade in 1582, and was burnt in 1599.
Whithaugh and its laird were next in importance to Mangerton (NY48NE 3, the residence of the chief of the Armstrongs). (W A Armstrong 1960)
There is no trace of stonework or other features at the OS site which is in a small wood beside a burn. The cellar is at NY 4888 8801 under the S wing of the mansion (Mr Walters, Whithaugh) (access is gained from inside the house). The armorial stone is as described. Documentary evidence indicates that the tower was destroyed circa 1770 and that the stones were used in the steading (M Robson, Hawick Museum). Visited by OS (MJF) 20 August 1979 (Canmore)
The resident householder c. 1590.

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This record created on 22/07/2015 06:54:15; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:32:22

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