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Walk around Darnick


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A walk around Darnick

Darnlee House
Darnlee House

Darnick Tower was first built in about 1425, by the Heiton family who had come from Normandy, and were granted the lands by James I.
Later, in 1526, Darnick Tower was at the centre of the Battle of Skermish Hill, when the Scotts with Buccleuch leading them, fought the Douglases and Kers with the Earl of Angus leading them, for custody of the boy King James V. Angus won and became the major influence in the decision-making of Scotland for the years ahead.
Darnick, along with all the towers, abbeys and buildings of the Border lands, was attacked and partly destroyed by the English under Hertford immediately after the Battle of Ancrum Moor in 1545, as punishment for the English defeat. Rebuilt in 1569, what we see today is virtually unchanged from that re-building.

Much has changed over the years, but in this walk we hope to show you much of what remains the same, the narrow twisting streets, designed for the horse and cart, with the houses at random angles and, so often, with dates above the door.

Heiton Park
Heiton Park

The walk starts at the point where Abbotsford Road leaves the B6374, opposite the west entrance to the Waverley Castle Hotel.
Facing up Abbotsford Road, with your back to the Hotel, you will find, on your right, behind the railings, 'Darnlee House'.
'Darnlee House' was built in 1816 by John Smith, that renowned Darnick builder and mason, about whom we will hear more, later.

On your left is the new housing development of Heiton Park with its linked mews-type houses, much in keeping.

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