Notices, Historical and Architectural, of the Round Tower of Brechin
Tower, Human remains, Carved object
Brechin, Angus, Scotland, UK, Antrim, County Antrim, Donoughmore, Munster, Kildare, Timahoe, Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland
Twelfth century, Fourteenth century
A description of the design and dimensions of the tower at Brechin. The author argues that the decoration on the tower’s doorway was a later addition to the structure, and goes on to suggest that the roof may also have been a later addition. He discuss several other examples of towers in Ireland where he believed Christian symbols were added to already existing pre-Christian structures and concludes his paper by arguing that since human remains were unearthed from beneath many of these towers, they were likely memorial monuments.
In a note after the article, several Fellows including the Secretary, John Stuart, disagreed with the author’s conclusions about the later additions to the tower.