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Edinburgh, Broomhall

Castle (Medieval)(Possible), Pendant

Site Name Edinburgh, Broomhall

Classification Castle (Medieval)(Possible), Pendant

Canmore ID 50656

Site Number NT17SE 17

NGR NT 1949 7231

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT17SE 17 1949 7231.

(NT 1949 7231) In April 1958, when digging foundation trenches on the Broomhall housing estate, a bronze disc 1.25" in diameter, decorated with a hunting horn and traces of gilding remained. An armorial pendant, which must have belonged to a member of the Forrester family, and apparently of 14th-15th century date (J S Richardson) it was donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

The site of the find, now 35-37 Broomhall Terrace, is on raised ground on the S bank of the eastern end of the former Gogar Loch, drained in the 17th century. Building operations on the site exposed a number of large boulders in linear settings suggesting the foundation of a man-made structure, perhaps a medieval stringhold when Adam Forrester bought the grounds of Corstorphine in 1374 and built his castle between the Lochs a quarter mile further E before his death in 1405.

E A Cormack 1960; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1961


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