Floors Castle

An oblique aerial view of Floors Castle

An oblique aerial view of Floors Castle

Floors Castle is situated around a mile north of the ton of Kelso in the south-east of Scotland. It is a massive castellated mansion, and is seat of Guy Innes-Ker, 10th Duke of Roxburghe. The name Floors is thought to have originated from the French word for flowers, fleurs. Either that, or from the “floors”, or terraces, on which the castle is built. The castle was built on the same estate as Roxburgh Castle, the place were James II was killed during a seige in 1460.

The lands around Floors have been held by the Ker family since the 1100s, and it’s believed that the family are of Norman origin. The name became double barrelled to Innes-Ker in 1812 after Sir James Innes inherited the Dukedom of Roxburghe, becoming the 5th holder of the title.

The castle is more of a country house than a fortress, and was designed by the architect William Adam in 1721 for John Ker, 1st Duke of Roxburghe. Ker was awarded to the title of It is thought that the mansion may have incorporated an earlier tower house during construction, and it is known that materials taken from the ruins of nearby Cessford Castle were used. It was built during a time of peace in the Borders.

Up until the early 1600s, the Borders area between Scotland and England, known as the Marches, were a lawless area, and it is thought that there was probably a peel tower built on the same grounds. The Union of the Crowns in 1603, when James VI became king of England, brought relative peace to the Marches, and the next century saw a decline in the construction and need of private fortresses. The present castle itself provides no defensive capabilities, and was built during a period of relative peace, when private fortresses were of less use.

 

 

Clans connected with Floors Castle

Clan Innes

Clan Kerr

 

 

Photos from our visit to Floors Castle