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Photographic copy of plan of castle, showing various stages of construction. Pen and Ink. Scale 1":19'

ELD 99/1 P

Description Photographic copy of plan of castle, showing various stages of construction. Pen and Ink. Scale 1":19'

Date 1924

Catalogue Number ELD 99/1 P

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 800161

Scope and Content Photographic copy of plans of Tantallon Castle, East Lothian This set of plans, drawn by Charles S T Calder in 1924 for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland Inventory of East Lothian, shows the different floor levels of the castle, with hatching to show the phasing of construction. The extent of 14th-century building, shown black, is striking. This castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family, who had stormy relations with the Scottish monarchs. In 1529 it was surrendered to James V, who repaired and strengthened it. It was besieged by General Monk in 1651. It remained a residence until about 1699, and thereafter was used as a quarry. Now in the care of Historic Scotland, it is open to the public. Tantallon Castle stands on a promontory, surrounded on three sides by cliffs 30m high. The fourth side is protected by a massive curtain wall, built in the later 14th century, and altered in the 16th century, and by outer and inner dry ditches with a high inner bank and a low outer one. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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