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Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the castle, taken from the NE.

SC 800165

Description Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the castle, taken from the NE.

Date 11/8/1994

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 800165

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 29821 CN

Scope and Content Aerial view of Tantallon Castle, East Lothian This aerial view from the north-north-east, taken in 1994, shows the castle on its promontory site, with its 14th-century curtain wall protecting the landward side. In front of it is the inner ditch, and beyond that the outer ditch, with an earthwork ravelin (angular rampart resembling an arrowhead). The small building between the ditches is a dovecot. There was previously a landing beach in the nearby bay. 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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