Tantallon Castle


Site Name Tantallon Castle

Classification Castle

Canmore ID 56630

Site Number NT58NE 5

NGR NT 59587 85029

NGR Description Centred on NT 59587 85029

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish North Berwick
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT58NE 5.00 59587 85029

NT58NE 5.01 5961 8501 dovecot

(NT 5959 8503) Tantallon Castle (NR) (Remains of)

(NT 5959 8509) Chapel (NR) (Site of)

(NT 5959 8504) Well (NR)

(NT 5961 8501) Dovecot (NR)

(NT 5960 8493) Tower (NR) (On NT 58 SE)

OS 6" map (1957).

See MoW official guidebook.

J S Richardson 1950.

'Outside the (Tantallon) Castle are extensive earthworks, some of which represent the defences thrown up against the cannon of James V in 1526, while others, still further out, date from the Civil War'.

V G Childe and W D Simpson 1954.

The castle and its outworks are generally as described and illustrated above.

A short length of rubble-built wall on the edge of the cliff is all that remains of the crane-bastion noted by the authority; it is 5.6m. long, 0.6m. thick and was located at NT 5966 8478.

Earthworks revised at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (EGC) 15 November 1962.

Architecture Notes


Scottish Record Office.

Description taken from 'Geographia Blauina', vol.6 page 40-41, N.d. GD110/1174

National Library Uncatalogued MSS of General Hutton, Vol.1 no.25 - 1 sketch, 1782.

Nattes Drawings, Vol. IV, no.53 - 1 sketch.

Nattes Drawings, Vol. IV, nos. 46-52 - 7 drawings.

Sketches by Edward Duncan. MSS 3245 - sketch 1863.


Print Room:

Inglis Photograph Collection acc. no. 1994/90

2 different views, c.1930 or c.1940

Wood Sketch Book 1 - 1 sketch (restoration) - unlocated at time of upgrade.

Wood Sketch Book 2 - 1 sketch (gateway) - unlocated at time of upgrade.

Drawing - J.Drummond SAS 386 p.26 - unlocated at time of upgrade.



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