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Keith Marischal

Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Keith Marischal

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Keith House; Keith Marischal House, Garden Walls And Gatepiers; Keith Marischal Policies; Keith House Policies

Canmore ID 54828

Site Number NT46SW 4

NGR NT 44909 64417

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Humbie (East Lothian)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT46SW 4.00 44909 64417

(NT 4491 6442) Keith Marischal (NR)

OS 6" map (1971)

NT46SW 4.01 NT 44861 64343 Steading

NT46SW 4.02 NT 4488 6433 Stables

NT46SW 4.03 NT 44380 64264 North Lodge

NT46SW 4.04 NT 44725 64061 South Lodge

NT46SW 4.05 NT 44887 64333 Dovecot

The building as it now stands consists of the original late 16th c L-planned house, to which has been added an L-shaped extension, to form three sides of a square. The hollow of this was filled in towards the end of the 19th c. Almost the entire roof-line was altered at this last period, and the crow-stepping of the gables has disappeared. The original house appears to have been a moderate-sized laird's house on an unusual version of the L-plan, a lofty, square tower projecting at the outer angle of the 'L'. This was reputedly built by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal, in 1589, though it is possible that he merely added to an earlier house.

N Tranter 1962; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887; RCAHMS 1924

Keith Marischal is generally as described. A bell, dated 1620, is situated over an archway at NT 4490 6431.

Visited by OS (BS) 29 July 1975.

Architecture Notes


Scottish Record Office

Building work at Keith House and Nether Keith. Letter from Alexander Stevens, architect in Edinburgh, to Alexander Williamson, 16 St James Square, Edinburgh. He wishes payment for his work at Keith House and for the new staircase on the front of the house of Nether Keith.

12 April 1791 NRA(S) 888 2084

Keith. Parks and garden of Keith House.

18c-19c NRA(S) 888/2086


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