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Barns Tower - Peeblesshire

Barns Tower
Barns Tower - in the Borders

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".

Note: Barns Tower is availble to rent .

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

Added: 14 Apr 2010 Updated: 21 May 2019
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