Cessford Castle lies on the route
of St Cuthbert's Way one of three nationally recognised long distant footpaths which cross the
Cessford Castle is one of the most important
historic and architectural monuments in the Scottish Borders. Built in around 1450 it is
a substantial structure with massive defensive walls some 14 feet
It regularly suffered attack from the English forces
and a particularly well documented account is provided by the English commander, the Earl of
Surrey who, in 1523 during Henry VIII's policy of 'rough wooing', laid siege with a battery of
Sir Andrew Ker, Warden of the Marches to whom the
stronghold belonged, subsequently handed over the Castle and the Earl of Surrey noted that, had
the defence continued, he does not see how it could have been taken. It was finally
abandoned after the English burnt it in 1543 and 1544.
The Cessford Castle is one of only
a small number of buildings from the period, which escaped entire destruction, and this
probably is testament to its strong, defensible design.
It was recorded in 1523 as the third strongest
fortification in Scotland. Much of the main tower remains today but the structure
continues to deteriorate with no maintenance or protection having been undertaken for at least
50 years if at all.
The Castle Today
The Cessford Castle is in private ownership and
tours inside the castle’s remains are not advisable.
Cessford Castle Photos
Source: gepgraph.org.uk - Click to the images to enlarge
Cessford Castle by
Cessford Castle ruins
Cessford Castle entrance
Cessford Castle in a larger map
Directions: 5 Cessford Farm Cottages, Kelso, Scottish Borders
TD5 8EG. Approximate Geographic Coordinates: 55.507778,