The Comyns, Scottish knights, were established in Tynedale in the 12th century and the manor of Tarset was granted to William Comyn in around 1222. Licence to crenellate was granted to John Comyn in 1267, and Tarset Castle was built half a mile south-west of the present village, of which only grassed-over remains can now be seen. Two miles to the south-west on Birks Moor are the remains of the fortified house known as Dally Castle, believed to have been erected by David Linsey in his manor of Chirdon.
Tarset was served by Tarset railway station on the Border Counties Railway which linked the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, near Hexham, with the Border Union Railway at Riccarton Junction. The first section of the route was opened between Hexham and Chollerford in 1858, the remainder opening in 1862. The line was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1956. Part of the line is now beneath the surface of Kielder Water.
John Candlish – politician, Liberal mayor of Sunderland, shipbuilder and glass-bottle manufacturer, owner of Sunderland Beacon and founder of Sunderland News.
- "Local history: Tarset". Keys to the past. Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council. 2008-01-22.
- Tarset Community Website
- A detailed history of Tarset Castle
- Images of Tarset Castle site
- Location and History of Greenhaugh and Tarset (Northumberland National Park Authority)
- Tarset on Google Maps
- Black Middens Bastle House (English Heritage)
- Tarset Weather (Gatehouse Weather Station)
- Sidwood (Forestry Commission)
Media related to Tarset at Wikimedia Commons
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