Greenknowe Castle

Greenknowe Castle, Berwickshire

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~ History ~


1018 ~ Greenknowe is granted to the Gordans by King Malcolm II


1408 ~ Through marriage of Lady Elizabeth Gordon to Sir Alexander Seton of Touch Greeknowe passes to the family Seatons of Touch.


1582 ~ A descendant of sir James and Lady Elizabeth - sir James Seaton of touch, build for himself a tower on a small grassy hill, surrounded by a marsh.


1600's ~ Greenknowe and all its estates become the property of the Pringles of Stichill.


1660 ~ William Pringle "of Greenknow", a writer and Scottish Protestant, is imprisonned in Edinburgh Castle for his religious beliefs.

In the subsequent years, Greenknowe Tower becomes the property of the family Dalrymple.



Location

Gordan

Road

A6105

SatNav

TD3 6JL

Greenknowe Tower is an excellent example of Scottish residential 'L' plan tower.


The only entrance to the tower, leading from the courtyard has above the doorway the preserved decorative panel with the coats of arms of families Seaton and Edmonston, date "1581".


The tower is situated just off the road and is easily accessable.

Although the outer buildings and courtyard are little more than just fragmented foundation, the tower itself is in fabulous condition with plenty to explore, making it easy to imagine how it would have looked in its hey day.