The subject is continued on folio 176 recto opposite (D03254; Turner Bequest LVI 174). Finberg thought that this was a view of Auchin Castle, on the assumption that it represented the same building as that on folios 173 verso–174 recto (D03249–D03250; Turner Bequest LVI 171a–172);1 see under D03249 for the explanation that Turner’s own identification is mistaken, and that the structure is actually Lochhouse Tower, drawn also on folios 174 verso–175 recto (D03251–D03252; Turner Bequest LVI 172a–173).
The tower shown in the present drawing must be yet another fortlet, since it stands in open country, whereas Lochhouse is surrounded by trees; it is moreover considerably larger and higher and its walls are intact. Its identity is apparent in another view of it, on folios 177 verso–178 recto (D03257–D03258; Turner Bequest LVI 175a–176), which includes the large Merkland Cross, close to Bonshaw Tower.
Further drawings of Bonshaw Tower are on folios 176 verso–180 recto (D03255–D03262; Turner Bequest LVI 174a–175, 175a–176, 176a–177, 177a–178). A three-storey towerhouse dating from the 1560s, it was the seat of the Irving clan, in whose possession it remains. D03255–D03246 shows a small dwelling next to it, which was enlarged into a substantial house in the early nineteenth century.
See Finberg 1909, I, p.150.
An adventitious charcoal mark at the top right is offset on folio 176 recto opposite (D03254; Turner Bequest LVI 174)