Edinburgh, Cramond, Kirk Cramond, Cramond Tower

Tower House

Site Name Edinburgh, Cramond, Kirk Cramond, Cramond Tower

Classification Tower House

Alternative Name(s) 4 Kirk Cramond; Cramond Glebe Road

Canmore ID 50421

Site Number NT17NE 4

NGR NT 19092 76963

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT17NE 4 19092 76963

(NT 1909 7695) Cramond Tower (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1968)

Cramond Tower probably dates from the late 15th - early 16th century; it measures 21'8" N-S by 24'9" E-W, with a circular stair-tower projecting from the SE angle. It is now free-standing, four storeys high, but at sundry periods outbuildings of various heights have been erected against the N, E and W walls, though these have disappeared. It is not in a good state of preservation (N Tranter 1963). The tower must have been built by the Bishops of Dunkeld.

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1921; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889

No change to previous information.

Visited by OS (BS) 11 December 1975

Now restored and occupied.

N Tranter 1990.

Edinburgh Field Archaeological Society were granted permission to conduct a geophysical survey at Cramond Tower. Three 20m x 20m squares were laid out and surveyed. An irregular low resistance line was recorded, and is thought to be a Roman ditch, parts of which were recorded when a pond was dug for the garden. A now unused drain from the 1680 Cramond House was also recorded in the survey.

H M D Jones 2006.

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