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Waughton Castle And Garden Wall

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    'HALL OF WALCHTOUN'; 'HOUS OF WAUGHTONE'
  • Canmore ID
    56683
  • Site type
    CASTLE, WALL
  • Parish
    PRESTONKIRK
  • Council
    EAST LOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 5668 8086
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.018688N, 2.69649W
  • Archeological notes
    NT58SE 19 5668 8086. (NT 5668 8086) Waughton Castle (NR) (remains of) OS 6" map (1968) The remains of Waughton Castle stand on a rock terrace which measures 175ft E-W by 118ft transversely and rises sheer to a height of 15ft above the surrounding ground on S and W. The SW angle has been occupied by the house, of which only a small projecting wing remains; built of local rubble with freestone dressings, it stands to a maximum height of 25ft. A narrow window in the S wall has an edge-roll with flanking hollows on jambs and lintel, indicating a 16th century date for the structure. On N and E the rock has been bounded by a wall, but this and the ruined structure at the NE angle of the site are much later than the house. A partly artificial stairway leads down the rock the the ground at the base. The hall of 'Walchtoun' is mentioned in a document of 1395 (J Anderson 1899); there is also a record of a raid on Waughton Castle in 1569. RCAHMS 1924, visited 1920 The W wall is 12ft high and in good condition. In the SW corner are the remains of a square tower, approximately 25ft high. The S side comprises a rock face 10 to 15ft high. OS Reviser 25 July 1952 The remains of Waughton Castle are generally as described. Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (WDJ) 15 November 1962 Scheduled as Waughton Castle (with chapel NT58SE 20). Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 28 March 1991.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 56683 (1989)
    View of tower from N.
  • 56683 (1989)
    View of tower from N.
  • 56683 (1989)
    Detail of window in S wall.
  • 56683 (1989)
    View of tower from S.
  • 56683 (1989)
    View of tower from S.
  • 56683 (1989)
    View of tower from NW.
  • 56683 (1989)
    View of tower from NW.
  • 56683 (1975)
    General view.
  • 56683 ()
    General view of Waughton Castle
  • 56683 (9/1995)
    View from the south of Waughton Castle Doocot with the castle in the background.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Haddingtonshire, Sheet 51853