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Aikwood Tower - Selkirkshire

Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower

Aikwood 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.

The old entrance, at ground level but no longer in use, has an iron-studded door. It opened into a lobby, which leads into a 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.

The tower was a property of the Scotts of Harden in the 17th Century, and is said to have been the residence of the 13th Century Wizard, 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. The tower was derelict in the 19th Century, but has been restored by Sir David Steel, formerly Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Castles Association President.

Source: The Castles of Scotland Third Edition by Martin Coventry

Date posted: 13 Apr 2010Last updated: 08 Dec 2014

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