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North Berwick, Tantallon Castle. General view from West. Digital image of EL 1286.

SC 800155

Description North Berwick, Tantallon Castle. General view from West. Digital image of EL 1286.

Date c. 1920

Catalogue Number SC 800155

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of EL 1286

Scope and Content Tantallon Castle, East Lothian, from west This view from the west, probably taken in 1951, shows the landward side of the massive 14th-century curtain wall. The angle on the left is the site of the round Douglas Tower, of which only the base survives. On the right is the Fore Tower, with the rounded forework added in the 16th century. 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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