Early Record of Former Castle at the Cleugh owned by Sir Charles Knight

This is a text taken from "The History of Northumberland and Local Antiquities" published 1827, and written by E Walker, from a chapter which aims to establish the Pedigree of "Catcleugh Hall".


Sir Charles Howard Knight and his trustees Charles lord Viscount Morpeth and others May 26 1658 sold to Henry Widdrington of Black Heddon for ₤130. All those sommerings called Catcleugh of the antient rent of 3s 4d and also the highlands called Spithope and a deed respecting the same transaction mentions the Peel of the highland summer lands In 1661.


Mr Widdrington conveyed these places to William Charlton gent and Feb I67I James Howard esq and Thomas Erring ton granted to Martin Hall Spithope head which by estimation was one fourth part of Spithope In Dec 1678.


William Charleton for 440 conveyed Catcleugh and Spithope to Gabriel Hall who also purchased of James Howard in 1682 half of the ville called Spithope or Spithope haugh which bargain was perfected in 1690 by Charles Howard esq and Eleanor his wife for 140 who in 1700 in consideration of 2000 further alienated to Gabriel Hall certain parts of the Manor of Redesdale viz Yateshaugh, Kelleyburne Dykeham house Hill and Evestones for which at the same time they agreed to levy a fine and also for Stobbs Upper Chattlehope Nether Chattlehope Babswood and Longbank.


The same Gabriel Hall also after the attainder of John Hall purchased Otterburne Hall which he left to his son Reynald By his will dated June 26 1727 he also among other things gave to his son Martin Hall Catcleugh Spithope head Spithope haugh the Bower shield which had belonged to Hedley Boghead Waterhead Hill Black dyke High green Upper Chattlehope Nether Chattlehope Babswood Yateshaugh Evestones Lumsdon Netherhouses and South Riding under trust for life and then to his two sons successively with divers remainders. Our further information relative to the connection of the decendants of Gabriel Hall with Redesdale will be best understood by the following slight.


Catcleugh Spithope Babswood and Chattlehope were purchased by the Duke of Northumberland and thus again became united to the antient seigniory. The old mansion of the Halls at Catcleugh has been converted into a commodious farm house about which is a grove of fine trees particularly of elms which thrive well here and show that the climate of the head of Redesdale is favourable to the growth of timber of better quality than its natural woods of the bctula genus produce and that if the enterprise and care of man were judiciously employed in planting portions of the naked hopes and river sides of this fine pastoral country it is not wanting in a steady and constant provision in nature to mature and richly reward his labours.



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