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Bavelaw Castle, Outbuildings And Stables

Fortified House (17th Century)

Site Name Bavelaw Castle, Outbuildings And Stables

Classification Fortified House (17th Century)

Canmore ID 50375

Site Number NT16SE 4

NGR NT 16741 62782

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Penicuik (City Of Edinburgh)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT16SE 4.00 16741 62782

NT16SE 4.01 NT 1666 6277 Buildings

(NT 1674 6278) Bavelaw Castle (NR)

OS 6" map (1961)

The general appearance of Bavelaw Castle, which has lately been restored indicates a date in the early 17th century, but almost certainly there is a more ancient nucleus, as witness the number and style of the gun-loops, the wall thickness, and the very small windows (N Tranter 1962). It is L-shaped, the harled rubble walls rising to three storeys and an attic. A circular tower projects at the NE angle of the main block, and another small wing extends at the SE angle; it is apparently a later construction. The ground floor is vaulted and the N vaulted chamber is at a lower level, the difference in levels being repeated above. This is probably the nucleus of the original tower, which may date from the 16th century. The N first floor chamber is known as Queen Mary's Room, the castle traditionally being a hunting seat of Queen Mary and James VI (Name Book 1852).

RCAHMS 1929, visited 1920; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889

Photographed by the RCAHMS in 1980.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Architecture Notes


OWNER: Mr R. Douglas Miller.

ARCHITECT: Additions and alterations by Sir Robert Lorimer.




National Arts Survey - 3 sheets (T.T.S. copies 428-430)

Details of panelling in Dining Room. Elevation and details redrawn by J. Ramsay Armstrong.

(sheet includes detail of door in Midhope) - 1 sheet.


Scottish Field, August, 1995 - articles and photograph


Dick Peddie and MacKay, Edinburgh

Alterations J.R. MacKay, 1938

Attic 2, Bin 2, Bag 2


Photographic Survey (November 1964)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Work in November 1964.


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