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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Bowden (Parish) Bowden (Parish) Continued times, the occasional residence of the Roxburgh family -
The house and lands of "Holydean" were included in the grants made by David I to the monks of Selkirk, and were confirmed to them, by renewed charters, after their translation to Kelso.
Holydean, was not long ago, a strong fortification of its kind. The Court yard, containing about 3/4 of an acre, was surrounded by a strong stone and lime wall, four feet thick, and sixteen feet high, with slanting holes between Fire-free stones, about 30 feet from each other, from which an
arrow or musket could have been pointed in different directions - upon an arched gateway in the front, there was a strong iron gate - Within the Court stood two strong Towers, the one of three, the other of five stories, consisting of 8 or 10 lodgeable rooms, besides Porters' lodges.

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Parish of Bowden
W. Beatty CA [Civilian Assistant]
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in describing castle wall stones, surveyor uses word that looks like "FIRE-free". but a few pages later the same word is definitely "FIVE". So transcribed in both situations as "FIVE".

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