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Fulton Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Hawick and Denholm, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4346 / 55°26'4"N

Longitude: -2.625 / 2°37'30"W

OS Eastings: 360548

OS Northings: 615811

OS Grid: NT605158

Mapcode National: GBR B53L.HN

Mapcode Global: WH8YN.NN6M

Entry Name: Fulton Tower

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7033

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Bedrule

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Hawick and Denholm

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a tower of 16th century date, lying to the E of the road that flanks the Rule Water, some 250m S of Fulton Farm.

The monument comprises the remains of an oblong tower house some 6.9m NW-SE by about 9.3m NE-SW with a circular stair-tower projecting from the E angle. Neither of the 2 surviving storeys has been vaulted, and both are incomplete, their SE wall together with the greater part of the stair tower being demolished.

The other walls, built of roughly-coursed harled rubble, stand to an average height of about 5.5m. The entrance cannot be traced. On the ground floor there are 2 oval gun-loops facing NW and a fireplace in the SW gable. On the floor above can be seen the remains of a window facing NE with a fireplace opposite it, the latter having a locker in one jamb.

In 1570 Margaret Hume of Cowdenknowes was life-rented in the lands of Fulton before her marriage to William Turnbull, son and heir of Thomas Turnbull of Bedrule.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is rectangular with maximum dimensions of 35m NE-SW by 25m transversely as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of late medieval domestic defensive architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 61 NW 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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