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North Berwick, Tantallon Castle. Photographic copy of plan of castle, showing various stages of construction. Pen and Ink. Scale 1":19' Digital image of ELD/99/1

SC 800161

Description North Berwick, Tantallon Castle. Photographic copy of plan of castle, showing various stages of construction. Pen and Ink. Scale 1":19' Digital image of ELD/99/1

Date 1924

Catalogue Number SC 800161

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of ELD 99/1 P

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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