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Gilnockie Tower, Canonbie, Scottish Borders

Gilnockie Tower, Canonbie, Scottish Borders.

This afternoon, I am focusing on Gilnockie Tower in the Scottish Borders region. This is the only survivor from around 60-80 stone or wooden towers of similar design in the region of Eskdale, Ewesdale and Liddesdale. The Tower dates from the 16th century and is situated on the west bank of the River Esk. The Tower is privately owned but is cared for by Armstrong Clan Association due to the historic connections with that Clan.

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Craignaught Hill, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Craignaught Hill, East Ayrshire, Scotland

This evening I am posting information on today’s ‘reconnaissance trip’ in preparation for upcoming ancestry tour.

Today, with aid of a helpful local person, we located Craignaught Hill near the village of Dunlop in East Ayrshire, about 25 miles S.W. of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Northumbrian landscape at Laing’s Hill Farm

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Haltwhistle at centre of Britain and embarked on a trip as follows:

  • First, a one hour drive north, traversing remote countryside, to Kirkharle, a small village which has become famous as the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a renowned British landscape gardener who was born in 1716. Brown was educated at a local school and then trained as a gardener on the Kirkharle estate until moving on at age 23 years ultimately to achieve celebrity status in his chosen profession.Kirkharle is now a visitor attraction with coffee shop and small craft and specialist shops. We also visited the local church, St Wilfrid’s, where Brown was christened.

Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England

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