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Cakemuir Castle

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    KAKEMUIR
  • Canmore ID
    54552
  • Site type
    TOWER HOUSE
  • Parish
    CRICHTON
  • Council
    MIDLOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 41185 59114
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.821677N, 2.940275W
  • Archeological notes
    NT45NW 1.00 41185 59114 NT45NW 1.01 41251 59073 Walled Garden NT45NW 1.02 41270 59106 Stables NT45NW 1.03 41265 59090 Gardeners Cottage For Queen Mary's Tree, see NT45NW 2. (NT 4126 5909) Cakemuir Castle (NR) (Restored) OS 6" map (1957) Cakemuir Castle is a mid-16th c tower, oblong on plan, 30' E-W by 24 1/2' and four storeys high. It has a turret stair projecting from the N wall. The only provision for defence was a series of gun-loops on the fourth floor, now built up. On the E gable is a heraldic shield, removed from above the original entrance, bearing the Wauchope arms: Adam Wauchope of Cakemuir is on record in 1565. Tranter notes that there have been additions, 18th c and later, to the W side, and that the whole building is still occupied and in excellent condition. Bell alleges that Cakemuir Castle superseded an earlier fortalice, named Black, Castle (NT45NW 11) on the opposite side of the burn. RCAHMS 1929, visited 1915; N Tranter 1962; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887; Bell 1893 NT 4120 5912. The proprietor of Cakemuir Castle, Mr M M Scott, suggests that 'restored' should be retained with the published name as the tower was considerably restored about 1949. It remains as described above. Visited by OS (WDJ) 15 December 1964 Cakemuir Castle is occupied and in excellent condition. Visited by OS (SFS) 12 August 1975. NT 4118 5911 Cakemuir Castle is a 16th-century tower house with later additions forming an L-shaped plan. A standing building survey of the domestic west-facing elevation recorded blocked windows and building fabric prior to the erection of a new extension. An archaeological evaluation carried out on the footprint of the site of the new building revealed no archaeological features. Sponsor: Mr R Douglas-Millar Michael Cressey, 2006.
  • Architectural notes
    NMRS REFERENCE Owner: M M Scott. Mid 16th century tower with 18th century and later additions. I G Lindsay Collection W/352

Related material information

PRINT ROOM

  • 54552 ()
    Cakemuir Castle
  • 54552 (1878)
    Sketch plan.
  • 54552 (1839)
    Cakemuir Castle. Sketched view from S.
  • 54552 (1839)
    Cakemuir house. Sketched view.
  • 54552 (1839)
    Cakemuir Castle. Perspective sketch.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1233400 ()
    General view.
  • 395878 (1994)
    Oblique aerial view. Cropped image.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 54552 ()
    Dr. Thomas Ross - manuscript notes on: Balgonie Castle Castle Sinclair Castle Girnigoe Fyvie Castle Ochiltree Castle Midhope Castle Catcune Castle
  • 54552 (23/11/2006)
    Report on a standing building recording and archaeological evaluation at Cakemuir Castle, Midlothian.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 54552 (1878)
    Sketch plans and sections.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 54552 ()
    General view.
  • 54552 ()
    Photographic copy of engraved view.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from SE.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Detail of sentry shelter.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Interior. View of Queen Mary's room.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Interior. View of drawing room.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Interior. Detail of turnpike stair.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Detail of garden statue.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from W.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from W.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from S.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from S.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Detail of tower parapet from N.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Detail of tower parapet from S.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from N.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from N.
  • 54552 (1956)
    View from N.
  • 54552 ()
    General view.
  • 54552 (1956)
    Interior. View of drawing room.
  • 54552 (1839)
    Photographic copy of perspective sketch.
  • 54552 (1994)
    Aerial view.
  • 54552 (1994)
    Aerial view.
  • 54552 (1994)
    Aerial view.
  • 54552 (1994)
    Aerial view.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1152232 (1839)
    Perspective sketch.
  • 1152231 (1839)
    Sketched view from S.
  • 1152229 (1839)
    Sketched view.
  • 1311721 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Cakemuir Castle, looking to the E.
  • 1311720 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Cakemuir Castle, looking to the SSE.
  • 1311719 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Cakemuir Castle, looking to the SW.
  • 1311718 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Cakemuir Castle, looking to the W.
  • 1311717 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Cakemuir Castle, looking to the NW.

  • 54552 (1875)
    Perspective sketches and plans of Scottish castles and houses with accompanying historical notes.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Haddingtonshire, Sheet 181853