Black Middens Bastle House

  • Description

    "This bastle house is an example of a defensible farmhouse of the late 16th or early 17th century. Life in the Borderlands was lawless and dangerous at this period until relative peace came when the Scottish Stuart Kings became established on the English throne in the early 17th century. Farmhouses of this type were built by families or clans to protect themselves and their livestock against assaults from neighbours or raiders from further afield. The living quarters were on the first floor, with the main door at the top of a flight of external stairs. The lower floor was used to shelter livestock." Photo by G Laird, 2017.
  • Owner

    G Laird
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 6 years, 2 months ago
    Viewed: 373 times
    Picture Taken: 2017-04-30
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