#165 Spedlins Tower
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
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Spedlins Tower is a
large, rectangular baronial-style tower house located on the west bank
of the River Annan, about 5 miles north of Lockerbie. The tower is
38 by 46 feet in size and rises 48 feet to the roofline. The walls
of the ground and first floors, both of which are vaulted, are nine feet
thick. The walls of the upper stories are just over three feet thick, by
comparison. The original entrance was on the first floor, at the east
end of the north face. About 1602 not only was the entrance moved to the
ground level, but the upper stories and corner bartizans were added.
The castle apparently originally had many shot holes but their locations
are currently obscure. The tower is rare in having a pair of
parallel roofed garrets, with small windows at the corbiestepped ends.
The castle was the
main residence of the Jardine family of Applegirth, in Dumfriesshire,
when they became a chiefly clan. The du Jardon family came to
England with William the Conqueror in 1066, and are first recorded in
Scotland in 1153. It is not known whether Alexander Jardine (who,
with Lord Maxwell, routed the English near Carlisle in 1524), or his son
John, built the original tower, but the most famous Alexander Jardine
was created the first Baronet of Applegirth in 1672, and apparently
created the ghost of Spedlins Tower, possibly inadvertently, by allowing
the local miller, Dunty Porteus, imprisoned for reportedly burned down
the mill, to starve to death in Spedlins dungeon during a trip to
Edinburgh. Happily the ghost apparently moved on to Jardine Hall
after the family moved across the river to their new opulent quarters.
Spedlins Castle languished into ruinous condition [see first photo] for
almost 200 years until the tower was restored in the 1970s by a Mr. and
Mrs. Gray. The castle is currently owned by a Scottish physician
and his wife.
of the Lego Model
Please note the entrance door on the ground floor. I plan the build Spedlins as it might have looked in the early 1600s, after
the upper stories and turrets were added.
January 18 the tower
is laid out
January 23 has rolled
and the gloomy winter
necessitates artificial lighting.
tower is completed
up to the bartizan level --
and I wait on parts...
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