Addyman, T., Cameron, R. and Oram, R., (2012). Kirkhope Tower, Ettrickbridge, Scottish Borders : Archaeological Evaluation : August - September 2012 . Addyman Archaeology: Addyman Archaeology.

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Kirkhope Tower, Ettrickbridge, Scottish Borders : Archaeological Evaluation : August - September 2012
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Addyman Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1019870
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Addyman Archaeology was commissioned to undertake an archaeological investigation of Kirkhope Tower in the Scottish Borders. The client purchased and renovated the tower in the 1990s and had a number of questions he hoped could be answered by historical research and archaeological investigation. Chief among these was the extent of the damage caused by the documented raid by the Armstrongs during the 1540s, and whether the structures around the tower had ever been re-occupied following this event, these arranged around a courtyard. The historical analysis demonstrated that although a building on the site is not alluded to until the sack of 1543, and not specifically mentioned until 1582, Kirkhope was clearly an economic unit of a much earlier date, part of the Douglas Lordship of Ettrick before coming under ownership of the Cranstouns. The Scotts of Harden with whom the site is traditionally associated are likely to have taken residence as tenants of the Cranstouns in the mid 16th century; historical sources indicate the site remained in occupation to the end of the 17th century. The archaeological investigation revealed no evidence for the destruction of the barmkin ranges, with floor levels only reached in one of the seven trenches due to the volume of demolition debris. The architectural survival of the site was shown to be significant with substantial clay and lime bonded walling surviving up to an estimated 2m in height. A springing, surviving chamfered door jamb and other details showed that the range bounding the south side of the barmkin enclosure had been a structure significant in size and status, with vaulted cellar and, perhaps, a hall at first floor level.
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T Addyman
R Cameron
R Oram
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Addyman Archaeology
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Historic Scotland (OASIS Reviewer)
Scottish Borders Council, Archaeology Service (OASIS Reviewer)
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2012
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Site: Kirkhope Tower
Parish: KIRKHOPE
County: SCOTTISH BORDERS, THE
Country: Scotland
Location - Auto Detected: Kirkhope Tower
Location - Auto Detected: Harden
Location - Auto Detected: Scottish Borders
Location - Auto Detected: Ettrick
Grid Reference: 337872, 625053 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: Castle Medieval
Monus: Castle Medieval
Temporal - Auto Detected: Mid 16th Century
Temporal - Auto Detected: 17th Century
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OASIS Id: addymana1-135261
OBIB: AA1385
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25 Nov 2016
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