The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Aikwood Tower

Borders: About 4 miles west and south of Selkirk, just south of B7009, east of the Ettrick Water, at Aikwood Tower (Oakwood Tower).

 

Private   NT 420260   OS: 73   TD7 5HJ

 

OPEN: Accommodation. Weddings.

Tel: 01750 700500   Web: www.aikwoodtower.com 

Aikwood Tower (Oakwood Tower) is a fine old tower house in a pretty spot, long held by the Scott family but now a B&B, near Selkirk in the Borders of Scotland. Aikwood Tower or Oakwood Tower (MacGibbon and Ross)

Aikwood Tower (also known as Oakwood Tower) is a rectangular 16th-century tower house of four storeys and an attic without a parapet. Two corbelled-out bartizans crown the tower, and the steeply pitched roof has corbiestepped gables.

Plans of Aikwood Tower (Oakwood Tower), a fine old tower house in a pretty spot, long held by the Scott family but now a B&B, near Selkirk in the Borders of Scotland. Aikwood Tower or Oakwood Tower: plans (MacGibbon and Ross)

The old entrance, at ground level but no longer in use, has an iron-studded door. It opened into a lobby, which led into the vaulted basement, and to a wide turnpike stair. The hall, on the first floor, has an elaborate fireplace, and there is also a small ‘laird’s room’. The upper floors are occupied by private chambers.
  ‘N. Aikewood’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of Tweeddale.

Fireplace, Aikwood Tower (Oakwood Tower) is a fine old tower house in a pretty spot, long held by the Scott family but now a B&B, near Selkirk in the Borders of Scotland. Aikwood Tower or Oakwood Tower: fireplace (MacGibbon and Ross)

Aikwood was a property of the Rutherfords in the 15th century, but went to the Scotts in 1517 (the Scotts of Harden from early in the 17th century) until the 1940s when the property was finally sold. In 1672 Sir William Scott of Harden had a ratification which mentions the lands of Aikwood, with the tower, fortalice, manor place etc.

  The tower was abandond as a residence in the middle of the 18th century, then being used as a farm store, but was restored and renovated by Sir David Steel (Lord Steel of Aikwood), former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Aikwood Tower (Oakwood Tower) is a fine old tower house in a pretty spot, long held by the Scott family but now a B&B, near Selkirk in the Borders of Scotland. Aikwood Tower or Oakwood Tower (MacGibbon and Ross)

This is said to be the residence of the 13th-century wizard, Master Michael Scott. Little is known of his life, but he is said to have studied at Oxford, Paris and Padua, and in Toledo in 1217. He translated works of Aristotle, and was tutor to Emperor Frederick – as well as reputedly being a wizard.

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