#150 Greenknowe Tower
The Borders near Gordon, Scotland
This is NOT an official Lego site
Castle) is a roofless but otherwise well-preserved,
classic L-plan Scottish castle. The main block contains four stories,
while the stair wing on the east houses five. The walls are about 4 feet
thick. The tower is entered by a ground-floor door in the re-entrant
angle. A broad stair ascends to the hall level, with upper floors
accessed by a smaller turnpike staircase corbelled out from the
re-entrant angle. Each of the nine main rooms has a fireplace.
There are only a few gun loops. Two door and two roof outlines can
be seen from a north range, not demolished.
|The land originally
belonged to the Gordon clan, but was obtained by the Setons of Touch
through marriage in the 15th century. The tower was built by James Seton
in 1581 for his 2nd wife, Janet Edmonstone [the date and their initials
are carved in the lintel above the entrance]. Despite the location in
the oft contested border region with England, there is no evidence the
castle was the scene of significant combat - perhaps heralding the
advantages of being owned by "just a minor landowner". In the mid-17th century
the tower was sold to the Pringles of Stichill, who enlarged some
windows and made other additions. However, by 1830 the castle was derelict,
and passed into State care in 1937.
|Greenknowe (and me) at Hope Academy, Decatur|
Friends were waiting to
see what magnificent castle would serve as my 150th...
and so was I -- until Suzanne Broussard asked me to show projects at the
F.I.R.S.T. Lego League Regional Robotics Competition on December 12. I needed
a nice Scottish L-plan to complement my Irish Fortified House, Mallow Castle.
Construction began on December 4 - and took one week. Perfect timing!
of the Lego Model
Under construction in early December, 2015
The tower is
on December 4...
above (and below)
ground a few hours later.
|The ground level is
storeroom and grand staircase.
|The cooking fireplace is
large - and lighted.
|...and then roofed.||
We're ready for the hall
spiral staircase to the
On December 7 the first
floor is built up.
And the grand
covered by the next floor.
view is a bit
and beams are
carefully added above the hall.
And the second story is
quickly built. The rooms of
the 2nd & 3rd floors were
probably divided by...
partition, but I
thought it wouldn't show well,
so its light gray stone.
The front is
And on December 9, the
tower is ready for its roof.
|This will be the last
until the castle is completed.
Hope you've enjoyed!
of the Lego Model
Built December, 2015
|Here is the completed
|The view from the
west side is open
so the four stories can
|From the northwest.|
|The north side is where
a later range was attached.
The door might have been
lighted with LEDs.
This view highlights the
might have been separated
from the kitchen.
Here is more detail
of both staircases.
First Floor Plans
Plans for Floors 2 thru
South & East
& West Elevations
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