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Cranshaws Castle

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    57529
  • Site type
    TOWER HOUSE
  • Parish
    CRANSHAWS
  • Council
    BERWICKSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 68195 61807
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.848413N, 2.509531W
  • Archeological notes
    NT66SE 7.00 68195 61807 (NT 68195 61807) Cranshaws Castle (NR) OS 6" map (1908) Cranshaws Castle - a late 16th century tower, rubble built and harled. Occupied and in an excellent state of preservation, it is oblong in plan with rounded angles, and measures 40ft by 26ft, and 65ft high. It consists of four storeys beneath the parapet, with a garret above. Stands in a fine garden. The towers with lands of Cranshaws were acquired by the Swintons of that ilk in 1400, and remained in their possession until 1702. D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889; RCAHMS 1915; N Tranter 1962 Cranshaws Castle - as described above, but not occupied at time of visit. Visited by OS (RD) 12 May 1966.
  • Architectural notes
    NT66SE 7.00 68195 61807 NT66SE 7.01 68179 61822 Well NT66SE 7.02 68158 61796 Walled Garden with Sundial EXTERNAL REFERENCE: Scottish Record Office Report and estimate for repairs of Crenshaws Castle. 1792-93 GD 150/3314 Estimarte for tyhe repair of the Castle. Windows require to be rebuilt and hardled and the bugled part of the South Gable reconstructed. Mason, Adam Darling. 1812 GD 150/3202/9 Estimate and measure of mason and joiner work required to finish a room at Cranshaws Castle. #137.12.0. 1815. Specification from George Laurie, Gavintown, for making a new room in the upper storey of the castle. 1815 GD 150/3202/10-11 The castle has been repaired and the Toll House built. Memo. 1814 GD 150/3202/13 Estimate and receipts for a slate roof for Cranshaws Castle. #30.14.9. William Johnstone, wright. C Watson, slater . 1784-1785 GD 150/3314/3/1-9 Mason and wright work at Cranshaws Castle. It includes harling and repairs. Accounts and receipts. Archibald Stewart, mason. William Johnstone, wright. 1784-1785 GD 150/3314/3/10-17 Estimate and receipted account for repairs to the castle. It includes the replacement of windows and the floor in the lowroom. James Gilchrist, wright. 1792 GD 150/3330/172 Wright and glaziers work at the castle. Receipted accounts. 1773 GD 150/3292/1/15-19 Wright work at the Castle. Repair of floors and stair and provision of new window cases. Receipted account. 1773 GD 150/3292/1/23 Mason work at the Castle. Receipted account for hearths and jams made and laid down at the castle. 1774 GD 150/3292/1/24

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 57529 (9/1/1926)
    View from S.
  • 57529 (9/1/1926)
    View from S.
  • 57529 (1983)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 57529 (1983)
    Aerial view.
  • 57529 (1983)
    Aerial view.
  • 57529 (1983)
    Aerial view.
  • 57529 (1983)
    Aerial view.
  • 57529 (1983)
    Aerial view.
  • 57529 ()
    View from SE.
  • 57529 ()
    View from N.
  • 57529 ()
    View from N.
  • 57529 ()
    General view.
  • 57529 ()
    General view.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1269117 (21/9/1948)
    Cranshaws Castle and grounds. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south-west. This image has been produced from a crop marked negative.
  • 1269116 (21/9/1948)
    Cranshaws Castle and grounds. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west. This image has been produced from a crop marked negative.
  • 1269115 (21/9/1948)
    Cranshaws Castle and grounds. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west. This image has been produced from a crop marked negative.
  • 1269114 (21/9/1948)
    Cranshaws Castle and grounds. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing north. This image has been produced from a damaged and crop marked negative.
  • 992863 (1983)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 1313373 ()
    General view.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1033646 (3/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the tower-house and the farmsteading, stable and farmhouse, taken from the SSW.
  • 1033645 (4/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the tower-house and the farmsteading, stable and farmhouse, taken from the WNW.
  • 1033644 (4/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the tower-house and the farmsteading, stable and farmhouse, taken from the ESE.
  • 1033643 (4/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the tower-house and the farmsteading, stable and farmhouse, taken from the SE.

  • 57529 ()
    W FERGUSON SKETCHBOOK: 13 Cranshaw's Castle - 2 sketches Bothwell Castle - 2 sketches Poldrait Street - 1 sketch Haddington, Nungate - 1 sketch Haddington, Nugate, St Martins - 1 sketch
  • 57529 ()
    W FERGUSON SKETCHBOOK: 8 Bassendean Church: 8 sketches Bassendean House: 1 sketch Cranshaw's Castle: 1 sketch Lennel Church: 3 sketches Linlithgow, St Michael's Church: 13 sketches Linlithgow, St Michael's Well: 1 sketch Linlithgow Palace: 16 sketches Linlithgow High Street: 1 sketch Westruther Old Church - 5 sketches
  • 57529 (1901)
    W FERGUSON SKETCHBOOK: 2 Elgin Cathdral - 12 sketches Elgin Cathdral, Bishop's House - 1 sketch Pluscarden Abbey - 1 sketch Cranshaw's Castle - 1 sketch Greenlaw Church Tower - 1 page sketches Cowdenknowes - 1 sketch Newark Castle, Ettrick - 1 sketch New or Sweetheart Abbey - 1 sketch Smailholm church - 2 pages sketches

PRINT ROOM

  • 57529 (7/6/1902)
    Sketch of Cranshaws Castle.
  • 57529 (18/3/1904)
    Page 24/3. General view. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM No 78: MISS HILDA MAY DARLING'S COUNTRY HOUSE ALBUM
  • 57529 (1902)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO.78: MISS HILDA MAY DARLING'S COUNTRY HOUSE ALBUM Miss Hilda May Darling of Priestlaw Duns personal collection of postcards, referred to in messages as 'your house book'. Contains postcards of Country Houses and Hotels from all over Scotland, the majority from East Lothian and Berwickshire. Arranged roughly chronologically from c.1902 to c.1930.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Haddingtonshire, Sheet 201853
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Berwickshire, Sheet IX1857

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Berwick, Sheet 009.031857
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Berwick, Sheet 009.03