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Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Herdmanston

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Herdmanston House Policies; Herdmanstoun

Canmore ID 54659

Site Number NT46NE 1

NGR NT 4724 6980

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes


NT46NE 1.00 4724 6980 House

NT46NE 1.01 472 698 Wall

NT46NE 1.02 4714 6984 West Gate

NT46NE 1.03 4729 6986 East Gate

NT46NE 4 4716 6981 Chapel

NT46NE 3 4710 6997 Dovecot

NT46NE 39 4700 6967 Icehouse

NT46NE 46 4730 6992 Stable

(NT 4724 6980) Herdmanston (NR) (remains of)

(NT 4729 6986) East Gate (NR) (remains of)

(NT 4714 6984) West Gate (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1969)

Herdmanston House is an L-shaped house of uncertain date. The main block measures 67' x 27' and the wing 30 1/2' x 36'. The plan and area of the structure suggest a late 16th c date but the thickness of the walls perhaps indicates an earlier date. The gateways date from the late 17th or early 18th c.

RCAHMS 1924, visited 1913

Herdmanston House was completely demolished a few years ago. An early 17th century painted ceiling was discovered in the ruin and presented to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland [NMAS] by Lord Sinclair. Nothing remains of the East Gate, but one pillar of the West Gate is still standing (S Maxwell 1956).

Visited by OS (BS) 20 August 1975

Herdmanstoun (sic) was mainly of 17th century date.

C McWilliam 1978.

Architecture Notes

Non-Guardianship Sites Plan Collection, DC23915- DC23921,1949 & 1954.

Gutted and demolished


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