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Drumelzier Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Drumelzier Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Drummelzier Castle

Canmore ID 49916

Site Number NT13SW 25

NGR NT 12421 33484

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Drumelzier
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Tweeddale
  • Former County Peebles-shire


Field Visit (16 March 1964)

Drumelzier Castle is as described.

Visited by OS(RDL) 16 March 1964.

Desk Based Assessment (1964)

NT13SW 25 12421 33484

(NT 12421 33484) Drumelzier Castle (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map, (1967).

The ruins of Drumelzier Castle stand within the precincts of Drumelzier Place farm, and though now roofless and incomplete, part of it is still in use as a farm building. The fabric embodies work of three main periods.

The earliest portion, at the NE side of the present complex, is now a mere fragment, and very little can be said as to the nature of the building of which it originally formed part, save that it was of late medieval date. To this original building there was added in about the mid-16th century, a rectangular SW wing, while towards the end of the same century this wing was itself extended by the addition of a small square tower to its S angle. The castle probably continued in use as a residence until the early 18th century, when a new house was built close by (NT13SW 48). the oldest portion now stands two storeys high; the rubble walls are 3'3" thick. The SW wing still rises in part to its original height of three storeys and an attic, and measures 21'10" by 21' over 4' thick rubble walls. The S tower, now the best preserved part of the castle, rises to its original height of three storeys and an attic, and measures about 15'9" square over 3'6" thick walls. (See RCAHMS plan, fig.234). A farm building with a lean-to roof was erected in the re-entrant angle between the SW wall of the wing and NW wall of the tower during the 18th or 19th century. The castle was erected by the Tweedies of Drumelzier, who owned the property from the early 14th century. In 1632, it passed to John, 8th Lord Hay of Yester, whose descendants retained it for two centuries.

RCAHMS 1967, visited 1962.

Information from Ordnance Survey Index Card.

Field Visit (14 August 1972)

Drumelzier Castle is as described.

Visited by OS (IA) 14 August 1972.

Sbc Note

Visibility: Upstanding building, which may not be intact.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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