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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY389723
Latitude 55.04144° Longitude -2.95765°

Millees has been described as a probable Pele Tower, and also as a probable Bastle.

There are no visible remains.


NY 389 723 Supposed tower, now destroyed.
Cole, states 'Millees was built by Graham Graham, second son of Richard of Netherby some time between 1552 and 1590... William Graham certainly had the wealth to build a tower like his uncle's at Kirkandrews... the tower may have been demolished in the 17th century by Sir Richard Graham to rebuild the nearby church.' However, Cole gives no documentary reference to a tower house. It is not shown on the 1590 map, but is shown as a tower at 'Milneleis' on the 1607 platt.
Nothing to be seen today. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

The given map reference is from Perriam and Robinson but a small settlement called Millees is centred about NY38577267 450m North West of the given site. As the house of a significant member of the large Graham Clan probably a bastle-house rather than a peel-house. A grander tower house of some form is not impossible but there is a tendency to assume such buildings on little or no evidence.
The Dacre list appears to list William Graham as the second son of Richard of Netherby, rather than Graham (a forename, unsurprisingly, not used by the Grahams). Has either Perriam and Robinson or Cole mistranscribed the name.
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