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One of the pair of hexagonal towers that stand either side of the main entrance. They each have doors in front, with internal stairs communicating with the upper storey. The doors in both towers have inscriptions above them, this one saying:

 

"The moir I stand on oppin hitht

My faultis moir subject ar to sitht."

 

Which translates as:

 

"The more I stand on open height,

My faults more subject are to sight."

 

Which means:

 

"As I am so prominent, so my faults are more obvious."

 

These are actually intended to be the words of the building itself, not its owner and builder.

 

Another decorative feature is the series of carved emblems or motifs, carved at regular intervals around the flanking towers, one of which can be seen above the oval window here. They are all based on the letter A, this particular one poking up through a crown. It is not for sure what the A was for. It is thought to have either been for Erskine, which was sometimes spelt 'Areskine' in those days, or more probably for Countess Annabella Murray, wife of the building's builder.

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Taken on July 1, 2012