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Lochwood Tower

By TrotterFechan
The Johnstones held the property from the 14th century, and it was their main stronghold. The English captured it in 1547, during the Rough Wooing, and held it until 1550. They described it as 'a fair large tower, able to lodge all our company safely, with a barmkin, hall, kitchen and stables, all within the Iarmkin…'.....Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, the English commander, wrote, "We came there about half an hour before daybreak and the greater part of us lay close without the barmekin but about a dozen of the men got over the barmekin wall and stole close into the house within the barmekin (enclosure wall) and took the wenches there and kept them secure in the house till daylight. At sunrise two men and a woman, being in the tower, one of the men rising in his shirt and going to the tower head and seeing nothing stir about he called to the wench that lay in the tower and bade her rise and open the tower door and call up them that lay beneath. She so doing and opening the iron door and a wood door without it, our men within the barmekin brake a little too soon to the door and the wench perceiving them, leaped back into the tower and had almost got the wood door shut but one of our men got hold it that she could not get it closed. So the skirmish arose and we scaled the barmekin and broke open the wood door and she being troubled with the wood door left the iron door open and so we entered and won the Loghwood; where we found truly the house well purveyed with salted beef, malt, barley, oatmeal, butter and cheese."....The Maxwells and Armstrongs burnt it 1585. It was rebuilt, but abandoned around 1724. In 1643 the family were created Earls of Hartfell, and in 1660 Earls of Annandale. The second Earl of Annandale and Hartfell, was created Marquess of Annandale in 1701.

Tags: Castle Tower Architecture Ruin Johnstone Clans Lochwood

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9 Mar 2019 3:23PM
Quite a history. Well captured.

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9 Mar 2019 3:36PM
An interesting narrative and image.

Thanks for sharing.

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