Medieval Priory Wall - Musket Ball Holes?
According to a local historian that we spoke to, no-one seems to know for sure when and how they got there but one theory is that the holes could have been made by soldiers camped nearby during the Jacobite Risings who needed somewhere for target practice. We have found no evidence to substantiate this (as yet) but if true, it just goes to show what medieval architecture has to be able to withstand!
You can see the holes close up in our video clip on the medieval castles video channel
* Read more about the Jacobite Rebellion in the immediate area on this Knol article about Hadrian's Wall