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Cessford Castle, Scottish Borders
Cessford Castle

Cessford Castle

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Built about 1450 for Andrew Ker, the ruins of this castle remind one of the turbulent times during the 16th century when the Border area was the scene of continuing warfare between the Scots and the English, and, in times of cross-border peace, between the various families along the border. The Ker family and its various branches was involved in much of the fighting, various Kers having been Wardens of the Middle March on the Scots side. Ker of Cessford and Ker of Ferniehurst were always to the fore. Cessford Castle is still in the ownership of the Ker family with the Duke of Roxburghe, who lives at Floors Castle, Kelso the present owner. Originally it had walls which were 14 feet thick and was surrounded by a strong outer wall and a moat. Despite this massive strength, it was over-run by the English during the Hertford purges of the 1560s, and eventually abandoned not long after.


Situation OS ref: NT 738238

How to get there:
By car: On the minor road which goes cross-country from near Morebattle to Crailing Hall. Signposted as part of St Cuthbert's Way.
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Seasonal opening details:
All year Castle is fenced off and entering the area is NOT advised.

Opening Hours:
Daylight Hours.

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Cessford Castle, Scotland