The Country Houses, Castles and Mansions of Roxburghshire will be a welcome addition to the libraries of local book collectors.
Bernard Byrom has pulled together a fascinating collection of photographs which show some of the region’s best-known buildings – ranging from the magnificent Floors Castle to Abbotsford and Hermitage Castle, to the lesser-known Gypsy Palace at Kirk Yetholm and Littledean Tower at Maxton. This book is both informative and enlightening and the large format pictures will be popular with readers. There is lots to interest local historians as the Teviotdale and Liddesdale area is well represented with several notable inclusions, three of which are pictured above: Teviotbank, top, Chisholme House, middle right, and Harden. The book certainly priovides an interesting look at a bygone age and the 1903 front cover photograph depicting a man and boy cutting the lawn at Benrig House long before power mowers were invented sets the scene for the rest of the book.
Many of the houses have survived the years but the same can’t be said for many of the castles and this in itself will ensure the book is valued as a reference tool in years to come. Copies of the book, priced £16, are available from Stenlake Publishing on 01290 552233.
n The Hawick News has one copy of the book to give away. Just tell us who compiled the Country Houses, Castles and Mansions of Roxburghshire. Answers to our office at 4a Towerdykeside by noon on Tuesday.