Drumlanrig's Tower

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Drumlanrig's Tower was originally a 16th century stone L-plan tower house, founded by the Douglas family. Of three storeys and a garret, the basement in the main block was vaulted and the hall stood on the first floor. Standing inside a late 12th or early 13th century ditch, at least two splayed gun-loops guarded the entrance in the re-entrant angle. In 1701-2 the Queensberry family extended and reconstructed the tower, when they infilled the angle to square off the block but much of the original L-plan layout still survives. Now a large comfortable town house, the floors in the wing match those in the main block and both are reached via a corridor from the spiral stair.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

April to October
Monday to Saturday 10:00-4:30pm
Sunday 12:00-3:00pm
November to March
Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00-4:00pm

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Drumlanrig's Tower
1 Tower Knowe
Scottish Borders




01450 377615


01450 378506

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