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A once magnificent Scottish Castle in private grounds of circa 10 acres and in need of complete restoration.

Situated in beautiful countryside in a quiet and private setting, this once grand and imposing property offers a buyer the opportunity to create a truly unique and stunning Scottish country residence. 

Cavers Castle is steeped in history and was most recently the seat of the Douglas family for over 300 years. In its day, the castle was a grand 64 room family residence sitting in grounds in excess of 100,000 acres. 

Today, the castle sits in the centre of the approx 10 acre grounds. The grounds contain a large pond to the western extremity, and amongst the woodland to the eastern edge are the remnants of a curling pond. "

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BORDER MEMORIES; OR, SKETCHES OF PROMINENT MEN AND WOMEN OF THE BORDER, by the late Walter Riddell Carre, Esq. of Cavers Clark
Edited by James Tait of the “KELSO CHRONICLE”

Edinburgh: James Thin, South Bridge.
London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. 1876

Covering Elliots of England and Scotland.

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BORDER, by the late Walter Riddell Carre, Esq. of Cavers Clark

The house which Walter Riddell Carre, Esq. of Cavers Clark lived in is Cavers Castle.

RIDDELL CARRE OF CAVERS Riddell Carre Walter Esq of Cavers co Roxburgh b 1807 8 his uncle Admiral Riddell Carre I860 m 1830 Elizabeth Riddell only surviving child of Lieut Col Mac Lac Man regt of foot and has issue one son Thomas Alexander late HE IC s service 6 1831

LINEAGE The first of the Cavers family who there early in the 10th century was Ralph 2nd son Thomas Ker of Ferniehcrst the previous title of family being Kersheugb Ralph's elder brother was Andrew Ker the celebrated border chieftain and younger brother was Thomas Ker abbot of Kelso descendant of the elder brother Sir Andrew well as David Ker was created Lord JEdburgh 1622 changed the authography of the name to Carre his son Sir Andrew Carre the master of Jedburgh signing thus ACarre.

A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2
Sir Bernard Burke
Harrison, 1863 -

A page which I made out from a lot of his book on the Elliots of England and Scotland is;

Elliots of England and Scotland  seems to be gaining popularity right now.

CORRECTION; Cavers and Cavers Carre are two different localities. Cavers Carre is north of Minto and south of Melrose, and Cavers of Clan Douglas about an equal distance south of Minto.

Youtube video of Cavers Castle.


Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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