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main image Tower house, Traquair, Peebles-shire
Tower houses – stone-built towers of three or more storeys – were the typical homes of smaller landowners from the 11th to the 17th century. Originally plain and functional, they later developed ornament and elaboration.

Traquair dates from the 15th century or earlier. It was substantially extended in the 16th and 17th centuries, with additional tower house accommodation (left, centre) and wings set at right angles.

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