East Preston (site of)
East Preston and West Preston were tower houses to the north of Duns in the vicinity of the village of Preston although their exact locations have been lost. The Gordons’ mid-17th century map shows two tower symbols with the name Preestoun while Blaeu’s mid-17th century map shows the Kirk of Prestoun with two circles next to it, possibly representing the two towers.
East Preston may have been located in or to the east of the medieval village of Preston which was located to the west of the centre of the present village. Various carved stones, including a late 16th or early 17th century roll-moulded doorway, built into the ruins of Forester’s House at the east end of the village may have been taken from East Preston, or from West Preston if East Preston was situated further to the east. For now I have placed the site of East Preston tower at Forester’s House pending further research.
Alternative names for East Preston