Wondrous Words Wednesday

I came across this wondrous word yesterday when I visited Smailholm Tower, near Kelso in the Scottish Borders. It’s: Barmkin and here is a photo –

Smailholm Tower and Barmkin Wall

A Barmkin is a stone perimeter wall, built to protect the courtyard and tower. This one at Smailholm was originally 6 ft thick, although most of it is a ruinous state now. My photo shows it at the western end where it remains with the only entrance gate into the courtyard.

I like the sound of this Scots word which is thought to be a corruption of the word barbican, meaning the outer fortified defence  of a city or castle.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Kathy at BermudaOnion, where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.

8 thoughts on “Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. Cool word and picture! I bet its related to the word ‘barbarian.’ Do you think?

    Imagine a wall 6 feet thick! They don’t make ’em like that anymore – LOL!


  2. Beautiful word and picture. The word has great character and I’ll bet it sounds wonderful when spoken by someone with great Scottish brogue.


  3. Well it’s a new one on me and as you know – I’m Scottish. I bet you I come across it somewhere in the next week! Thanks for the info.


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