Garleton Castle

Castle (16th Century), House (18th Century)

Site Name Garleton Castle

Classification Castle (16th Century), House (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Garlton; Garleton House And Castle Walls; Garleton East; Garmylton

Canmore ID 56360

Site Number NT57NW 8

NGR NT 50943 76697

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Athelstaneford
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT57NW 8 50943 76697

For East Garleton Cottages, see NT57NW 73.

(NT 5098 7676) Garleton Castle (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1968)

Garleton Castle was apparently an oblong enclosure of about a third of an acre containing a house with a small wing at the NE corner and two little lodges set at the western ends of the N and S boundary walls. At least three storeys high, the main block and wing were 50' and 42' long respectively. A circular tower 22' in diameter is salient to the enclosure at the SE angle of the wing. Only the N and E lateral walls of the house remain, indicating the W gable and interior divisions. Three vaulted cellars can be traced. An external forestair at the NE angle is secondary. A feature of the house is the number of gunloops of the splayed type typical of the 16th century (N Tranter 1935).

The SW lodge, now falling into disrepair, is oblong, two storeys high and has two vaulted chambers on the ground. The NW lodge is modern, but appears to be on the site of a building coeval with the SW lodge.

RCAHMS 1924, visited 1913

Garleton Castle is generally as described.

Visited by OS (BS) 16 July 1975

Architecture Notes


L-shaped. 16th century. Courtyard. Rubble-built.



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