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Redhall Castle

Castle (Medieval), Dovecot (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Redhall Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Dovecot (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 52570

Site Number NT27SW 10

NGR NT 2183 7021

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

NT27SW 10 2183 7021.

(NT 2183 7021) Redhall Castle (NR) (site of)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1973)

The hexagonal dovecot at Redhall was built in 1756 on the site of Redhall Castle.

A N Robertson 1945.

The dovecot is 250 yards NE of Redhall; the site of the castle is c. 100 yards NW of the mansion. The site has been excavated, but the only masonry visible is the footing of a semi-circular turret, 7'1" in diameter, with a wall 2'4" thick. A 16th century panel with the Otterburn arms, taken from the ruins of the castle, is built into the back of the dovecot. Sir Adam Otterburn of Redhall was King's Advocate 1524-38. The castle was taken by Cromwell on 24th August 1650, after two days' siege.

RCAHMS 1929; W S Douglas 1898.

No remains of this castle can now be seen; the turret footing mentioned by the RCAHMS is overgrown and is visible as an undulation in the ground 0.2m high.

Visited by OS (J F C) 23 December 1953.

The site of this castle is covered by long grass and nettles, and there are no remains to be seen.

Visited by OS (B S) 3 December 1975.


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