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Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower

The descendants of Michael Scott and Isabella Ker owned the tower until the late 1620's: the marriage stone of 1602 records the union of Robert Scott and Elspeth Murray. Their son Andrew, was the last of The Scotts of Aikwood Tower. Aikwood then passed first to Walter Murray of Elibank and then to his brother in law William Scott of Harden. The restoration of 20th Century Aikwood Tower, which has received five architectural awards including the Europa Nostra, was carried out almost entirely by firms from Selkirk......

James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd

James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd was born in 1770 at Ettrick Hall, at the top of the Ettrick Valley. In James Hoggs' early writings he began to model himself on Robert Burns. After the failure of his farming ventures in Dumfriesshire and Ettrick, James Hogg travelled to Edinburgh in 1810, determined to make his living as a writer......

Ettrick Kirk

Ettrick Kirk building as it stands today dates from 1824, replacing no doubt earlier and simpler ones......for the parish is recorded for at least 800 years.......