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Edinburgh, Corstorphine Castle

Castle (Medieval), Coin Hoard

Site Name Edinburgh, Corstorphine Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Coin Hoard

Canmore ID 50648

Site Number NT17SE 1

NGR NT 1993 7238

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NT17SE 1 1993 7238.

(NT 1993 7238) Corstorphine Castle (NR) (site of)

OS 1:1250 map (1966)

Corstorphine Castle was built by Sir Adam Forrester between 1374, when he acquired the lands, and his death in 1405; it was bounded by a strong curtain wall with a tower at each angle (D M Thomson 1946). It was nearly all demolished about 1797, and the Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB 1852) states that it was said to have been surrounded by a ditch, which was supplied by water from two lochs, one on each side of the castle. When the castle was being demolished, workmen found a deposit of gold and silver coins nearby (NSA 1845).

E A Cormack 1960

Part of this castle is shown extant in 1852 (OS 6" map), but no trace now remains. The site is in the garden of 22 Castle Avenue; the occupants have found no traces of masonry or anything of archeological interest. No information found regarding the coin hoard.

Visited by OS (VEL) 28 January 1954


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