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Glencorse, Howlet's House

Chapel (Post Medieval)(Possible), House (Post Medieval)

Site Name Glencorse, Howlet's House

Classification Chapel (Post Medieval)(Possible), House (Post Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Howlett's House

Canmore ID 50372

Site Number NT16SE 1

NGR NT 19375 62476

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Midlothian
  • Parish Penicuik (Midlothian)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District Midlothian
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT16SE 1 1936 6243.

(NT 1936 6247) Howlet's House (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1961)

Kerr and Coles suggest that 'Howlet's House' may have been a chapel, with a priest's house attached, the chapel building being at the extreme E, while the building of which remains are still to be seen represented the priest's house.

It is described by the RCAHMS as a ruinous structure, dating probably from the end of the 16th century. Only the 3 1/2ft thick lateral walls of a tower, 21 1/2ft square, remain, standing 15ft high, showing that the lowest storey was barrel-vaulted. Remains of other walls exist as shown on plan.

Kerr remembered the entire E gable, with a stone basin built into it, and an entire window, also the complete vaulted roof. These have fallen and been removed. There was no local knowledge as to the derivation of the name in 1852.

Name Book 1852; A Kerr 1879; F R Coles 1899; RCAHMS 1929, visited 1915.


Photographic Survey (November 1963)

Photographic survey of the remains of Howlet's House, Glencorse, Midlothian, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in November 1963.


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