By J.M. Brereton
Op; 1985; J. M. Brereton; HB with airborne dirt and dust jacket (dj) below mylar protector; 288 pages; tables; index; line drawings of regimental badges; layout of enteries- Regimental identify, formation info, conflict honors, uniform aspect, Regimental marches; Regimental magazine, Regimental headquarters, Regimental museum, Regimental nickname, if any.
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Qxd:Layout 1 26/11/07 13:27 Page 34 TOP LEFT Woodhouses Bastle, late 16th century, Coquetdale, Northumberland. This rugged bastle stands tall enough to have incorporated a loft beneath its steeply pitched roof, as suggested by the small window high up in the east gable. The original doorway to the upper floor was most likely set in the long south wall and approached by means of a removable ladder. TOP RIGHT Doorway to the vaulted basement in the east end of Woodhouses Bastle showing a date stone that was probably inserted some time after the building was completed.
8km east of Chillingham Castle, and built in the 15th century, this building is far more commodious and elaborately constructed than a bastle house, which it predates by almost two hundred years. 7 and 3m in thickness. 4m deep, that doubtless served as a dungeon. The entrance is near the south-eastern corner and from here a newel stair rises to the upper storeys, the first floor being divided into three rooms, two of which were provisioned with fireplaces and generous windows. Above, the second floor comprised two rooms in the attic space created by the twin roofs that were lit by windows in the gable ends.
As detailed below, whilst most small tower houses could never withstand a determined assault, the more robust type could sometimes prevail against a large attacking force, even when accompanied by light artillery, as at Cessford Castle, near Jedburgh. Siege of Cessford Castle, 1523 Cessford Castle, a stronghold of the Kerrs, is a massively strong tower house built on an L-plan and lies about 10km north-east of Jedburgh. Standing on high ground commanding the valley of the Kale Water, Cessford Castle was regarded as one of the strongest holds in Scotland.