Borders: About 5.5 miles west and south of Peebles, 2.5 miles north-east of Drumelzier, on minor roads west of B712, west of River Tweed, at Stobo Castle.
Private NT 173367 OS: 72 EH45 8NY
OPEN: Hotel and spa.
Tel: 01721 725300 Web: www.stobocastle.co.uk
Site of tower house. ‘W. Stobo’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of Tweeddale. The present Stobo Castle, a castellated square block of two storeys over and a basement and round corner towers with a taller central block and porch, was first built at the beginning of the 19th century, then altered in 1849 and 1907. The building was further altered with large modern extensions, and is now used as a luxury hotel and spa. The house is in landscaped grounds with a Japanese water garden.
Stobo was a property of the Archbishopric of Glasgow, but passed to the Stewart Dukes of Lennox in 1541, and then to the Tweedies in 1613. Stobo was sold to John Murray of Halmyre in 1619, but
apparently not to the liking of the Tweedies as they attacked him in his own house, striking him with swords, and apparently leaving him for dead. Murray, however, made it to Edinburgh where he
lodged a complaint with the Privy Council.
The Murrays were Jacobites and were forfeited following the failure of the 1745-46 Rising.
Stobo was sold in 1767 to the Montgomerys. They were made baronets in 1801, Sir James Montgomery having been Lord Advocate for Scotland in 1766. The family held Stobo into the early 20th century, when it was sold, but now apparently live in Kinross.
Stobo Kirk [NT 183377], dating from the 12th century and dedicated to St Mungo, was altered in the following centuries and is a fine old building. There was an older church on the site, and the building was restored in 1868 by Montgomery of Stobo.
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