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Cavers House

A Category B Listed Building in Cavers, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4308 / 55°25'50"N

Longitude: -2.7275 / 2°43'38"W

OS Eastings: 354060

OS Northings: 615455

OS Grid: NT540154

Mapcode National: GBR 95DN.90

Mapcode Global: WH7XH.2RGJ

Entry Name: Cavers House

Listing Date: 16 August 1979

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332879

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2051

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cavers

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Hawick and Denholm

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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Description

Circa 1500 large 5 storey tower house, probably incorporating
part of a 13th century castle. Upper two floors altered in
17th century and the tower enlarged to the North in the mid
18th century to form a classical mansion house with
symmetrical 7 bay front to east with a 3 window semi-circular
advanced bow at centre. Substantially re-modelled in the
Scottish Baronial style in 1885-7 by Kinnear and Peddie who
reduced the projecting bow to 2 storeys and added gabled
attics to the Tower and north wing and a large additional
wing to the NW. This wing and part of the North wing
demolished in 1953 and the house unroofed.
Interior: the 13th century piscina noted by the RCAHMS
survives intact.

Statement of Interest

Graded category B for importance of Tower.

Cavers Castle belonged in 12th and 13th centuries to the

Baliols. The present tower is presumably that mentioned in

the grant to James Douglas in 1511.

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