Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower in Alloa, Clackmannanshire in central Scotland is the surviving part of the medieval residence of the Erskine family, later Earls of Mar.[1]

An architect who was involved in Alloa Tower was John Melvin.[2]

Dating from the 14th century, and retaining its original timber roof and battlements, the Tower is one of the earliest, and largest, of Scottish tower houses, with immensely thick walls. Several 19th century works, including Groome's Gazetteer,[3] date the tower to the year 1223.[4]

The building has been extensively re-fenestrated during its history, but retains some internal medieval features.[5] Incorporated into a much larger classical house of various phases from the 17th century on, the Tower now stands alone once more, later accretions having been demolished.

It is now owned by National Trust for Scotland.


  1. "Alloa Tower". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  2. Historic Environment Scotland. "Alloa Tower (47167)". Canmore. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  3. "Alloa". The Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. Ballingall, William (1872). The shores of Fife. Edinburgh: Edmonston & Douglas. pp. 54–57. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. MacGibbon, David; Ross, Thomas (1889). The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland, from the twelfth to the eighteenth century (Volume 1 ed.). Edinburgh: David Douglas. pp. 155–156. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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