Standing atop a 70ft cliff above the river Kirtle and looking out over the
border towards England and the Lake District is Bonshaw Tower, a 4 storey
Tower House. Today’s tower was built in the 1570’s during the times of the
notorious Border Reivers, Bonshaw’s purpose was to provide a powerbase for
Irving Clan. Surviving many raids and sieges relatively unscathed , Bonshaw
is one of Scotland’s finest remaining examples of a Border Tower.
Although today’s tower was built in the 1570’s, it is thought the Irvings
have lived on the site of Bonshaw since at least the 1300’s and possibly
even earlier. It has a vivid and colourful history. Robert the Bruce
visited Bonshaw when fleeing the English and around this time William de
Irwyn became his armour bearer for which he was granted Drum Castle. King
James VI also visited Bonshaw in 1601 on a tour to quell the unruly
Today Bonshaw Tower is the seat of the Irving Clan. It is one of the few
Scottish Castles still remaining in the hands of its original clan. Very
much a private family home, Bonshaw Tower is surrounded by its own
beautiful gardens and ancient woodlands with the River Kirtle running
Bonshaw Tower offers you the classic combination of a beautiful historical
family home surrounded by romantic, charming, private grounds and thoroughly environmentally friendly credentials.
The current Laird and close family have all married at Bonshaw, and are now
pleased to announce that this superb wedding venue is now open for civil
ceremonies in either the Tower or gardens. Offering it as an exclusive
venue, the grounds will be yours alone for your time at Bonshaw.
To find out more or to arrange a viewing of the Tower please do call us on
01461 500980 or 07780937894.
Alternatively, email Claire Irving – firstname.lastname@example.org.