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Couston Castle

Castle (17th Century), Unidentified Pottery (Medieval)

Site Name Couston Castle

Classification Castle (17th Century), Unidentified Pottery (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Couston House

Canmore ID 47925

Site Number NS97SE 21

NGR NS 9558 7115

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

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Couston, ?early 17th century

Precarious ivy-clad fragment of mansion of the Sandilands, abutting North Couston Farm.

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

2001 Threatened Buildings Survey

The fragmentary ruin of Couston Castle lies to the south of North Couston Farm. It consists of two walls at right angles rising to a maximum height of 4.00 metres. The ruin appears to form the western extremity of the original building which seems to have been L-plan. There are the remains of a moulded opening and the remnants of a large ground floor arch, probably the kitchen fireplace. The castle appears to date from the seventeenth century and was the seat of the Sandilands family.

Information from RCAHMS (STG), 2001

Archaeology Notes

NS97SE 21 9558 7115.

(NS 9558 7115) Couston Castle (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1968)

The fragmentary remains of Couston Castle, of 17th century date, stand in the garden of the E side of North Couston farm-house. The building has been L-shaped on plan, the main block, 54' 4" x 25', running E-W, with the wing, which contained the newel stair, projecting on the NW. The masonry is rubble. At basement level there were two chambers in the main block. The smaller, at the E end, has been a vaulted cellar, the larger was the kitchen, but no trace of the vault, if such existed, remains. No details can be given of the upper floors, the remains are very dilapidated.

Bell suggests a 15th century date for this castle, and notes some remains of a turret on one corner.

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1926; J M Bell 1893

All that remains is part of the W wall. Its date could not be ascertained.

Visited by OS (JLD) 19 November 1952 and (JP) 9 August 1974

Fragmentary remains of 17th century house. L-plan. Random rubble; very dilapidated. Roofless. Interior: Semi-circular fireplace-arch at W end.

SDD List 1964

NS 9558 7115 A watching brief was carried out in January 2006 during the demolition of the ruined and fragmentary remains of North Couston Castle as a condition of planning consent. The castle is thought to have been built between the 15th and 17th centuries. No previously unrecorded features were identified, but a piece of late medieval Redware was found in the mortar, giving a terminus post quem for that part of the building.

Archive and report to be deposited in NMRS. Report lodged with WoSAS SMR.

Sponsor: Mr T Hamilton and Sons.

Andrew Dutton, 2006.

Activities

Watching Brief (January 2006)

NS 9558 7115 A watching brief was carried out in January 2006 during the demolition of the ruined and fragmentary remains of North Couston Castle as a condition of planning consent. The castle is thought to have been built between the 15th and 17th centuries. No previously unrecorded features were identified, but a piece of late medieval Redware was found in the mortar, giving a terminus post quem for that part of the building.

Archive and report to be deposited in NMRS. Report lodged with WoSAS SMR.

Sponsor: Mr T Hamilton and Sons.

A Dutton 2006

Photographic Record

RCAHMS undertook a photographic survey of Couston Castle prior to its demolition. The ruin was found to be in a dangerous condition. It had been been de-scheduled and de-listed.

Information from RCAHMS (STG), 2001

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