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Cessford Castle (Roxburgh) Past & Present


Cessford Castle in 1904

Cessford Castle in 1904

Cessford Castle in 2013

Cessford after consolidation in 2009

Cessford Castle stands on a hill top near Morebattle and forms a prominent landmark.

A 15th century L-plan border fortress with walls 14 feet thick - this castle had an eventful history being attacked and taken more than once. It is surrounded by an outer wall and ditch.

Long in a state of neglect it was consolidated by the Roxburgh Estates in 2009 who pointed the walls but did not clear out the interior. This is one solution for a problem site for which reoccupation is not a realistic proposition. The Estates are to be praised for their work.


Date posted: 03 Dec 2013Last updated: 08 Dec 2014

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