TOWER HOUSE

A permanently occupied, fortified residence, built from the mid-14th to the 17th century. Tower-houses are rectilinear in plan, often with one or more additional wings, and provide accommodation on several storeys.

Related Terms

Term Note
BARMKIN A medieval defensive enclosure, usually attached to a tower house.
BASTLE A fortified house of two or three storeys, the lower floor being used for storage and/or to house animals and the upper floors for domestic use.
COUNTRY HOUSE A rural residence or mansion.
PELE HOUSE An uncrenellated, strong, fortified dwelling, of between two and four storeys, built mainly from the mid 14th to the 17th century.