- The impressive exterior features divided stone windows and bartizans with carved rams or flowers.
- It has corbie-stepped gables with two round bartizans and a caphouse which crowns the stair.
- There are two bartizans on opposite corners of the tower which have holes for muskets.
Early 19th century: from 17th-century bertisene, Scots variant of bratticing 'temporary breastwork or parapet', from brattice; revived and reinterpreted by Sir Walter Scott.
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