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Cardrona Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale East, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6294 / 55°37'45"N

Longitude: -3.1118 / 3°6'42"W

OS Eastings: 330095

OS Northings: 637870

OS Grid: NT300378

Mapcode National: GBR 63QB.3V

Mapcode Global: WH6V6.5RGT

Entry Name: Cardrona Tower

Scheduled Date: 31 January 1969

Last Amended: 13 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2784

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: pele house, peel tower

Location: Traquair

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale East

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument consists of a small whinstone rubble-built 16th-century L-shaped tower house, of two main storeys above a vaulted basement, and there was probably a garret in the roof space. The main body of the tower on each floor is occupied by a single room, and a spiral stair rises within the jamb, with the entracne at the base of this tower. The stair also gave access to a wall-walk along the south-west face. It occupies a terrace on the side of Cardrona Hill, overlooking the Tweed valley. A small declivity to it south-west probably indicates the likely site of the main courtyard associated with the tower; towards the southern end of this area there is a spring which probably supplied the tower with water.

The monument was first scheduled in 1969, but that scheduling was limited to the tower itself. The present re-scheduling includes the area likely to have been occupied by the principal courtyard associated with the tower.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle of 70m NE-SW by 105m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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