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ye Clints (Clintwood Castle)

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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Clyntwood; Klintwood

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: NY53829100
Latitude 55.21117° Longitude -2.72721°

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

There are uncertain 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

(NY 5382 9100) Clintwood Castle (NR) (Site of) (OS 6" map (1957))
A map in the British Museum, dated 1590, marks "Ye Clints" with a tower symbol. (A Jeffrey 1864)
Though Maughan states that the foundations of Clintwood Castle, a Border tower, lay within a few hundred yards of homestead moat NY58NW 14, the ONB states that no traces of it now remain, the site being indicated by three local informants. (Though it is said (J Snadden 1921) that Clintwood Castle was occupied by the de Soulis family prior to their removal to Liddel Castle (NY58NW 2) in the early 13th century, it is more likely that the homestead moat would form an earlier residence, this castle, noted in 1590, being a much later erection, possibly a peel tower). (J Maughan 1868; Name Book 1858)
The published site falls on a rocky eminence enclosed by a series of sheep stells. No trace of a tower was found, although several roughly dressed blocks have been incorporated in the stell walls. Dr Robson (Hawick Museum) does not dispute this site.
Visited by OS (JRL) 31 July 1979 (Canmore)

Despite the 'castle' name the isolated location well up up the hill side and the scant remains, used to make a sheep stell, this is most likely to have been some sort of peel-house.
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This record created on 22/07/2015 06:56:36; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 11:36:50

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