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Barns Tower - Borders


Barns Tower

Barns Tower

Barns Tower is a rectangular 15th Century tower house of 3 storeys and an attic. The tower has lost its parapet and has a later roof and gables. The entrance, still with an iron yet, leads through the lobby to the vaulted basement. A narrow mural stair rises to the first floot, the upper floor reached by a modern stair.

It was a property of the Burnets of Burntisland, and built about 1498. The tower was probably abandoned when a nearby mansion was built in 1773. One of John Buchan's early novels is called "John Burnett of Barns".

Wording taken from The Castles of Scotland Third Edition by Martin Coventry


Date posted: 14 Apr 2010Last updated: 20 Nov 2014


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