tower-house

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tower-house. Compact fortified house of several storeys with its main chamber or hall on an upper storey, usually over vaulted lower floors. Common in Scotland (where many spectacular examples survive) and Ireland, tower-houses were still being built in C17.

Bibliography

Cruden (1963);
Dunbar (1966);
Glendinning et al. (1996);
MacG&R (1887–92).