The ladies Reid

Carved into the lintel above the entrance to Bonshaw tower is this religous reminder:

SOLI.DEO.HONOR.ET.GLORIA.

Bonshaw Tower, a fine 16th century Border tower, survives within a fine garden setting that nestles beside the Kirtle Water:

The CANMORE archive has a wonderful collection of images of Bonshaw. Some of these photographs are really striking, particularly a series of family photographs from July 1890. The photographs record the Reid family and this one, taken on the 10th July 1890, is my favourite:

The arrangement of the Reid ladies is of course posed but most artistically so.  You will notice that one gentleman , partly hidden behind a tree and tilted hat, has sneaked into the photograph. But it is the Reid ladies that make this picture – with expressions that reveal only that their true thoughts will never be known!

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