A medieval castle rated as being of national importance and which
symbolises the very nature of Borderers is at risk from a proposed wind farm.

So says Historic Scotland, the national government agency tasked with
protecting the country’s most important historical sites, when commenting
on proposals to erect 17 turbines close to Hermitage Castle.

The Southern has already reported concerns that if the application for a
wind farm at Windy Edge from energy firm, Infinis, gets approval, then an
internationally important population of breeding hen harriers could be
affected.

Now, as well as the objection from Historic Scotland, opposition has also
come from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scottish Natural
Heritage and the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society.

But it is Historic Scotland that has been most vocal in its condemnation.

In its statement just lodged with Scottish Borders Council, Historic
Scotland describes Hermitage as one of the least disturbed major medieval
castles.

Dating from the 13th century, the massive stone fortress was the seat of
the wardens of the Middle March and the lords of Liddesdale, and boasted a
fearsome reputation as ‘the guardhouse of the bloodiest valley in Britain’.

Surrounded by a well-preserved and medieval field system and farmsteads,
Historic Scotland states there are very few places in the Borders where it
is still possible to view a medieval castle within such a well-preserved
relict landscape.

“It is a symbol of the area representing the qualities of strength and
resilience in which the Borderers take pride,” said the agency, adding: “We
have strong concerns that the proposed wind farm would have a significant
adverse impact on the setting of Hermitage Castle.”

Malcolm McGregor, chairman of the Hermitage Action Group (HAG) campaigning
against the proposals, says Historic Scotland’s objection is another nail
in the coffin of the turbine plan.

“This is overwhelming evidence, in the view of HAG, that this misconceived
application by Infinis should never have even been considered in the first
place,” he said.

An Infinis spokesman, Chris Little, said the energy company was currently
considering Historic Scotland’s response.

And he added: Considerations about Hermitage Castle were an important part
of the design process for this project from the start.”

Infinis’ application is now expected to come before the planning committee
early next year.


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6 Comments

Mark Elliott · September 14, 2013 at 4:51 am

It to my father and me to trace family into Scotland.
Left Scotland four centuries ago. Family from Goranberry, at foot of Wind Farm. Names of region Goranberry (berry which gores; with thorns), Soundhope (valley of sound), McPatrickhope (valley of the son of Patrick Hepburn; Boswell which acquired Hermitage from Archibald Douglas “Bell the Cat” V Earl of Angus). Home of Martin of Braidley (Broadlee; board valley on leeward side), likely area which grey stone (limestone) quarried for Hermitage; filled in as clan Chief to Scottish Ellot Clan (inserted an “i” became English Elliot), when no Robert Ellot of Redheugh available.

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Mark Elliott (of Elfwald to Elwald to Ellot to Elliot to Elliott)

    Mark Elliott · September 14, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Should be;
    It took my father and me to trace family into Scotland. Other words, two generations of genealogists; father; Loren S. Elliott and son Mark S. Elliott working on it, plus internet, emails, and Y-DNA.
    Mark

Mark Elliott · November 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

Correction;

Gorrenberry—as a corruption of corn “beorh”, the horn fort on a “horn shaped hill” is a name of great antiquity (shown on contour map)-Hawick Archealogical Society.

Great antiquities need to be protected from wind farms.

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Mark Elliott · December 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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Mark Elliott

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