Contributor:James R Gibson / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5999 x 3773 px | 50.8 x 31.9 cm | 20 x 12.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:27 November 2017
Location:Cessford, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scottish Borders, Scotland, United Kingdom
This L plan fortified tower was a traditional stronghold of the Ker family. It was built in around 1450 by Andrew Ker. The Kers were major players in the turbulent Reiving Times which resulted in numerous fights between the Scottish and English Border landowners. The Kers had another branch of the family not more than 10 miles away at Ferniehurst Castle by Jedburgh. This line spelt their name as Kerr and there was also rivalry between the families and arguments over the male line of descent. The castle was attacked in 1519, 1523 then restored before further attacks at the time of the "Rough Wooing" by the Earl of Hertford in 1543 & 1545. The ownership of the Castle has never changed family other than in name when Sir Robert Ker became Lord Roxburghe in 1600. The castle although a ruin remains in the ownership of the present Duke of Roxburghe