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Digital image of C 29808

SC 798560

Description Digital image of C 29808

Date 1994

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 798560

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 29808 CN

Scope and Content Aerial view of Dirleton Castle, East Lothian This aerial view, taken from the west-south-west in 1994, shows the courtyard of the castle, with the east range on the top, with the ruined great hall above vaulted cellars. The remains of the 13th-century castle are on the right. Note the extensive grounds, enclosed within a high wall, and the fine gardens. Dirleton Castle was besieged in 1650 by General Monk's army, and taken after artillery bombardment. It was superseded as a residence in 1663, by Archerfield House, and fell into ruin. It was consolidated after it was taken into State care (now Historic Scotland) in the 1920s, and is open to the public. Dirleton Castle occupies the site of a timber castle built in the late 12th century by the 1st baron de Vaux. It was rebuilt in stone in the later 13th century. The east range of this castle was much enlarged in the 14th and 15th centuries by the Halyburton family, and minor additions made in the 16th century by the Ruthvens. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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