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Harrows Scar

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Harras; Harrowes; Harrow; Harolds Castle

In the civil parish of Waterhead.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY620664
Latitude 54.99078° Longitude -2.59500°

Harrows Scar has been described as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


There is no evidence that the Wall was reused {in the C16}, but perhaps the Milecastles were. Although there is no direct evidence the Milecastles would have made convenient barmkins.
Supposed 'peel-house' site.
Gillesland: a brief historical note..., states in a footnote 'near a tumulus a little to the north-east of Birdoswald some masonry, which Mr Nicholson informs me is the remains of a structure, however, was nothing more than a border peel-house, called the Harras, probably the 'haracium' or stud farm of the Lord of Triermain, the land around being excellent for the rearing of 'nags' or little horses, with which all the borders riders were by tenure bound to provide themselves for their military service.'
1603 Survey reads 'William Twedell a tenement .. called Harrowes by the Pight Wall and a litle parcell of comon on the south and weste and the Clugh (Harrows Beck) on the north..' This seems to coincide with a 'Camp' marked on MacLaughlan and the 1829 OS map.
SMR record: E.Birley, places the Harras at Harrow's Scar Milecastle, probably based on TCWAAS Vol. 56, which describes the excavations there in 1953, when Richmond found a ruined farmstead inside. However Richmond described it as 'probably 18th century', and it is most likely to have been the 'cotage and yarde (of Henr Twedell)... by the said Wall north: buttinge easte upon Irdinge...' The site to the north needs excavation. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)
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