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Prestonpans, Hamilton House

Barracks (19th Century), House (20th Century), Lairds House (17th Century)

Site Name Prestonpans, Hamilton House

Classification Barracks (19th Century), House (20th Century), Lairds House (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hamilton Dower House; Magdalens' House; 'the Barracks'; 'sir John Hamilton's House'; Magdalene

Canmore ID 53682

Site Number NT37SE 4

NGR NT 38978 73983

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Prestonpans
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT37SE 4 38978 73983

(NT 3898 7397) Hamilton House (NR)

OS 1:10000 map (1973)

17th century. Irregular plan. Rubble built. Interior completely altered. Now a tenement.

Known as 'The Barracks' or 'Sir John Hamilton's House'.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Hamilton House, formerly known as Magdalens' House, was built by Sir John Hamilton, Lord Magdalens, in 1628. This date appears on a panel above the original entrance, now built up. A two-storeyed building, its plan consists of a main block lying N-S with a wing projecting W at both ends, forming three sides of a square enclosing a sunken courtyard.

The house was much run down when it was bought by the National Trust for Scotland in 1937. It has since been restored for private occupation, and is not open to the public.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887; RCAHMS 1924; N Tranter 1962; R Prentice 1976.

Hamilton House (NTS wall-plaque) is an outstanding example of a 17th century country laird's seat. It is in excellent condition.

Visited by OS (RD) 4 January 1972

Architecture Notes


OWNER: National Trust for Scotland.

Hamilton House was recorded as part of the Threatened Buildings Survey in May 2009. It was recorded at the request of the Natonal Trust for Scotland prior to the proposed sale of the property following the death of the last tenant David Lumsden of Cushnie. Both a measured survey and a photographic survey were carried out.


In 2011 it is proposed that the RCAHMS carryout a more detailed analysis of the building in conjunction with the staff of the National Trust for Scotland.



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