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Tranent Tower

Dovecot (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Tranent Tower

Classification Dovecot (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Tranent Castle

Canmore ID 55007

Site Number NT47SW 3

NGR NT 40483 73047

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT47SW 3 4048 7305.

(NT 4048 7305) Tower (NR)

OS 6" map (1967)

Tranent Tower: This L-plan tower dates probably from the late 16th century. It measures 24'10" N-S by 36'6" transversely, with a square stair-tower projecting S at the W end. The walls rise to 3 storeys, with the stair-tower a storey higher. The upper storey, originally containing a watch-chamber, has late been used as a dovecot; its roof is pantiled and the gables crowstepped. Its fabric is in poor condition, and the roof is falling in. Little is known of its history, it would seem to have been built as a country lairds' house on a small scale. About the beginning of the 17th century, the property was aquired by the Vallance family who retained it till last century.

RCAHMS 1924, visited 1920; N Tranter 1962

As described. Name confirmed. Poor condition.

Visited by OS (RD) 4 January 1972

Architecture Notes


Late 16th century house. L-shaped. Square stair tower. Now a stable.


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