Edinburgh, Glasgow Road, Castle Gogar

Lairds House (17th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Glasgow Road, Castle Gogar

Classification Lairds House (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Gogar Castle; Gogar House

Canmore ID 50717

Site Number NT17SE 9

NGR NT 16508 73018

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT17SE 9.00 16508 73018

NT17SE 9.01 17069 72528 Lodge with Gate and Gate Piers

NT17SE 9.02 16672 72860 Bridge

NT17SE 9.03 16474 72952 Cottage

(NT 1648 7300) Castle Gogar (NAT)

OS 1:10000 map (1973)

Gogar House was built in 1625 by John Couper, whose initials, together with those of his wife, and the date appear on pediments to dormer windows. It is a very interesting, well-preserved laird's house of the period. The walls, of harled rubble, rise to three storeys and an attic, with a watch-chamber at the head of the stair-tower. The original door was at the foot of this tower. The ground floor is vaulted.

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1920; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889; N Tranter 1962

The original Castle Gogar (Gogar House), built about 1300, belonged to the Forresters of Corstorphine; in the 16th century, the owner was Robert Logan of Restalrig who sold the house and lands to Adam Couper in 1601. The existing house was built, incorporating the original in 1625 by John Couper and is generally as described in previous information. Externally the house shows no traces of the 14th century building, but traces of this period can be seen in the basement.

(Lady Steel-Maitland; The Scotsman 1964; N Patullo 1967)

Visited by OS (SFS) 10 December 1975

Architecture Notes

NT17SE 9.00 16508 73018



W.Schomberg Scott Photograph Collection, Acc.1997/39

2 different exterior details.



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