Harburn was a castle which was destroyed by Cromwell however nothing of it remains and the site is occupied by a 19th century mansion.
Cromwell apparently refortified the tower in the 1650s before blowing it up.
In 1804 a five bay two storey and basement mansion was built for Alexander Young. Whether this was built on the site of the old tower or a new plot is unclear. I have placed the site of the old tower at the new house pending further research.
In 1823 Alexander’s son, William, inherited Spottes under a deed of entail from Michael Herries and changed his name to William Young-Herries.
The Harburn estate was bought by Thomas Barr in 1875 and is still owned by his ancestors for whom it is a private home while also offering bed and breakfast accommodation.
Alternative names for Harburn
East Hare Burnhead; East Hareburnhead; Hairburnhead; Harburn Castle; Harburn House; Hareburn