The original Thirlestane Castle - where Thomas de Thirlestane lived when his daughter Avicia de Thirlestane married Richard Mautalent around 1250 - lies about 2 miles south east of Thirlestane Castle in Lauder. This was "the darksome tower" defended for several weeks by Richard Mautalent against English forces under Edward I.

It was very uncomfortable and small, and the Maitlands had made Lethington (now Lennoxlove) their principal residence by around 1300.

Old Thirlestane
Old Thirlestane
Old Thirlestane Map
Old Thirlestane Map

To find the tower, take the road from Lauder to Greenlaw & Duns.