Moray: About 3 miles east and south of Elgin, just south of B9103 0.5 miles south of junction with A96, at Coxtontower.
Private NJ 262607 OS: 28 IV30 3QS
Coxton Tower is a tower house, square in plan, of four storeys. It is roofed with stone slabs, and has corbiestepped gables, the pitch of the roof being steep. The bartizans are stone roofed, and there is a corbelled-out open round at one corner. The thick walls are pierced by small windows, some still with iron yetts, and many shot-holes. The tower is dated 1644, although it appears to be considerably older, probably from the 16th century. It is marked on Pont map of Moray as ‘Cokstou’, where it is depicted as a tower of four storeys in a courtyard.
All the floors are vaulted, including the top storey to carry the heavy stone roof, making the tower effectively fire proof. Although there is now an entrance to the basement, this was probably inserted later: the original entrance was at first-floor level, and is now reached by an external stone stair of about 1846. This leads to the hall, and to the stair in one corner. The tower had a courtyard.
This was a property of the Inneses of Invermarkie from 1523, and Sir Andrew Innes of Coxton was made a baronet of Nova Scotia in 1685-6. The Inneses of Coxton were Jacobites and fought on
the side of Bonnie Dundee, then supported the 1715 and 1745 Risings. The property was sold to the Duff Earl of Fife, who built a new house nearby. The tower is roofed, and in excellent condition. The
family of Innes of Coxton, baronets, flourishes, but now live in Middlesex.
The family had a walled burial enclosure at Lhanbryde [NJ 272613], and there is a grave slab of 1612 commemorating Sir Alexander Innes of Coxton. There is also a mural tomb with the stone effigy of a knight, and two panels, which are dated 1580 and 1612.
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