174 pages, 381 illustrations (plans and black & white photographs)
This book is a comprehensive guide to the history and architecture of castles and castellated houses dating from 1100 to 1640 in the former counties of East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Berwick, Peebles, Roxburgh and Selkirk originally published in 1994. More than 300 of these buildings still stand, although two thirds of them are now in ruins. An introductory section is followed by three lavishly illustrated gazetteers with all tower house plans at 1:400.
Many of these buildings were 16th century castellated houses in which features such as gunloops and turrets were for show as much as defence. Many of them, especially those in the Border counties, were towers with living rooms stacked up vertically over vaulted cellars.
This title, which is a second edition of 2012 printed digitally in short runs, is also available as part of a five volume Scottish castles set currently priced at £35 including UK postage. The other four volumes are the 2006-7 second editions of Castles of South-West Scotland and Castles of The Heartland of Scotland, and revised reprints of the original 1995 editions of Castles of Grampian and Angus and Castles of Western and Northern Scotland.