Heritage visit to Eyemouth fort

The fort wall hanging was part of the primary school project
The fort wall hanging was part of the primary school project

Two Scottish organisations concerned with the country’s heritage are visiting Eyemouth’s 16th century fort next week.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historial Monuments of Scotland and Historic Scotland are merging into Historic Environment Scotland but before they do so Eyemouth will be one of their last visits as separate organisations.

Representatives from both bodies will visit the fort on the headland then meet members of the community who have worked on uncovering the secrets of the 16th century structure. They will also get to see the primary school wall hanging based on the fort.

Little was known about Eyemouth Fort, used from French soldiers in the 1550s, until not so long ago, now a wealth of information about its building and the people involved has been unearthed by a dedicated team of volunteers who formed Friends of the Fort. It played a very important role in the relationships between Scotland, England and France during a turbulent period of European history

Its position on a headland, however, means it is under attack from the sea which gave The Friends of Eyemouth Fort and St Andrew’s University staff the impetus to investigate and interpret the site.

Detailed survey work was carried out and an impressive amount of history about the fort is now available including a virtual tour of it at Eyemouth Museum.