Rosetrees Bastle

Has been described as a Possible Bastle

There are no visible remains

NameRosetrees Bastle
Alternative Namesrosetri
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishKirkandrews

Supposed stonehouse now demolished; within CAD (Army Depot).

Shown on 1590 map as 'rosetree' without a symbol and as a house on the 1607 Platt. Cole, states 'a stonehouse of some pretensions should be located at Rosetrees, the family had the money to build one... the building may have resembled Blackhouse in Selkirkshire, or Fulton Tower, Roxburghshire. These were rectangular houses having a spacious staircase in a round tower at one corner' and he suggests that this is what a 1607 map by Pont attempts to show and illustrates.

Cole gives further references back to 1541.

Cole states that the 'archaeological potential is virtually nil, by reason of the position at the centre of CAD Longtown. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

Farm shown on early OS maps and location is certain. Nothing like the farm plan survives on the air photo of the military depot and it is clear the building has been totally demolished. Arguably best described as a superior bastle rather than a towerhouse.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY356668
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  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 99 (slight)
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 239
  • Jeffrey, A., 1864, History and Antiquities of Roxburghshire Vol. 4 p. 232 (facsimile of map) online copy


  • Ellis, H., 1829, 'Copy of a manuscript tract addressed to Lord Burghley, illustrative of the Border topography of Scotland, AD 1590, with a platt or map of the Borders taken in the same year' Archaeologia Vol. 22 p. 161-71 online copy

Primary Sources

  • 1590, A Platt of the opposete Borders of Scotland to ye west marches of England (The Aglionby Platt) British Library online Gallery and [Old Cumbria Gazetteer >] (see also [Gatehouse Essay 'The Aglionby Platt' >])
  • 1607, Platt of the Forrest of Nicholl and the Mannor of Liddale, Arthurett and Randelinton with the Debatable groundes online copy (The roosedtrees)


  • Cole, J.R., 1982, A survey of the Debatable Land and Glen Tarras c. 1449-1620 (Thesis for Manchester University) p. 81-2