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Mangerton was a Tower House and important power base for the Armstrongs at a time when the entire Scottish Borders region was lawless. There is a record of one Alexander Armstrong at the Tower in 1378 followed by Armstrong family ownership through to 1629 when the property was transferred to Francis Scott, Thereafter, the Tower appears to have gone into decline.

McCaig’s Tower at Oban, Scotland was financed and designed by John Stuart McCaig, a wealthy, late 19th century banker. This unfinished structure is modelled on the Colosseum in Rome and has a circumference 200 metres which includes 94 arches.

Today I am reporting on a recent small group hike along a route covering seven miles between Lanark and Cleghorn Bridge. This location is about twenty-eight miles S.E. of Glasgow in the west of Scotland The route covered a rural landscape with extensive range of trees and vegetation. Autumnal fruits such as elderberries and blueberries were encountered plus fungi.