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Edinburgh, Barnbougle Castle. View from North East prior to restoration in 1880.

SC 746347

Description Edinburgh, Barnbougle Castle. View from North East prior to restoration in 1880.

Date c. 1870

Collection Erskine Beveridge

Catalogue Number SC 746347

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of WL 412

Scope and Content Barnbougle Castle, Edinburgh, before restoration (now restored) Barnbougle Castle, a 17th-century tower-house which stands in a splendid situation on the shore of the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry and Cramond, fell into a ruinous state in the early 19th century. This photograph, taken c.1860 by Erskine Beveridge, provides an interesting record of the original house before a programme of restoration began in 1880. This plain, lofty, three-storeyed, rubble-built tower, reduced here to a mere shell, has views over the Firth of Forth to Fife. Only the north-east corner and the tower part of the north wall (left), topped by a parapet, survive, but a balustraded enclosure, topped by a massive cope, still surrounds the castle and its garden. In 1615 the estate was bought by Sir Thomas Hamilton, and was later sold to Sir Archibald Primrose whose eldest son became Lord Rosebery in 1703. The Rosebery family lived at Barnbougle Castle until the early 19th century when they decided to build another property after the house fell into a state of disrepair. The son of the 4th Earl had Dalmeny House built, 500m to the south, in 1817, and, after being partially blown up in an accidental explosion, Barnbougle Castle was left as a ruin. It was reconstructed in 1880. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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