...Lymond had sent orders. Will Scott and his men were to retire inside the Keep and draw up the ladder, taking with them as much water as they had time to carry. All weapons were to be taken inside. Anything that might be used as a battering ram was to be taken inside. They were to carry inside also as much fuel and inflammable material as they could. The horses and the herds were to be abandoned to their fate. And at the earliest possible moment, Philippa Somerville and all those normally resident at Liddel Keep , under the guidance of Nixon the owner, were to be mounted on the fastest possible horses and sent back to Philippa's home at Flaw Valleys , near Hexham, to await news to return. ...
Dorothy Dunnett: The Disorderly Knights, Part Three, VIII: The Hot Trodd, (The Scottish Border, 1552)
Glossary: Tower House
Scottish castles, keeps and tower-houses