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Tower (17th Century)

Site Name Kipps

Classification Tower (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Kipps House

Canmore ID 47914

Site Number NS97SE 11

NGR NS 98821 73921

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council West Lothian
  • Parish Torphichen
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District West Lothian
  • Former County West Lothian

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Kipps, early 17th century

Ruins of a three-storey château, circular stair-tower at north-east angle and a rectangular one to south-west, in a commanding site overlooking the valley between Cockleroy and Bowdenhill. Home of Sir Robert Sibbald, 17th-century naturalist and antiquary, who relished its distance from any other seat of the gentry, so that it is a perfect solitude and without the ornaments of art, which other seats have, but has commendable advantages by nature's free gift.

Taken from "West Lothian: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Stuart Eydmann, Richard Jaques and Charles McKean, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NS97SE 11 98821 73921.

(NS 98821 73921) Kipps (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1968)

The house of Kipps in an oblong rubble-walled block, originally 3 storeys high, 59 1/2' E-W by 24 1/2' with a rectangular stair-tower at the SW angle, and a circular stair-tower projecting from the N. wall. The W part, including the stair, was the original house, which was built in 1625-6; it was extended to the E later in the century.

It is now (ie 1964) roofless, and very dilapidated, especially at the gable ends, having been unoccupied since the 1880s.

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1924; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; SDD List 1964

As described.

Visited by OS (JLD) 5 December 1952 and (JP) 13 August 1974


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