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Country House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (15th Century), Wall(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lennoxlove

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (15th Century), Wall(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Boundary Walls; Lennoxlove Castle; Estate; Lethington; Liddingtoun; Lennoxlove House Policies

Canmore ID 56512

Site Number NT57SW 29

NGR NT 51507 72041

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT57SW 29.00 51507 72041

(NT 51507 72041) Lennoxlove formerly Lethington (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

Lennoxlove (NR)

OS 6" map (1969)

The first park wall around Lethington (Lennoxlove), enclosing an area rather more than a mile square, was built by John, Duke of Lauderdale (16th century). This wall was 12ft in height, reduced to 7ft many years ago.

NSA 1845 (J Cook and J Lorimer).

The mansion of Lennoxlove or Lethington (former name) is an extensive and composite structure of which the nucleus is the 15th century tower in the SW portion - once enclosed by a barmkin. (Tranter suggests that this tower probably incorporates a still earlier fortalice.) Only the 16th century gateway to the N of the tower remains of the barmkin. The tower itself is rubble-built and harled; L-shaped with the main block measuring 55ft by 38 1/2ft externally and the E-projecting wing 23 1/2ft by 31ft broad externally. The walls are 8 1/2ft to 10ft thick at base. The parapet walk appears to have been altered about the late 16th century and the cap house and attic floor were reconstructed in the 17th century. The tower has been extended in the 17th century and in more modern times. The 17th century building has been modernised and calls for no special attention.

The Maitlands bought Lethington from the Giffords in the 14th century, and it is probable that the oldest work represents the Gifford stronghold, the two periods of heightening being the Maitlands' work.

RCAHMS 1924, visited 1920; N Tranter 1962

Lennoxlove is as described.

Visited by OS (BS) 8 July 1975.

Architecture Notes

NT57SW 29.00 51507 72041

NT57SW 29.01 51490 72080 Out Buildings

NT57SW 29.02 51558 72041 Formal Garden

NT57SW 29.03 51842 73106 Acredales Cottages, Gateway

NT57SW 29.04 51962 72730 East Port and Gateway

NT57SW 29.05 51525 72026 Garden Gateway

NT57SW 29.06 51248 72656 North Lodge and North Port

NT57SW 29.07 51091 71389 South Port

NT57SW 29.08 50531 71721 West Lodge

NT57SW 29.09 51082 72342 Sawmill

NT57SW 29.10 51463 72079 Coach House

NT57SW 29.11 51736 71948 Politicians Walk

NT57SW 29.12 51828 73111 Lennoxlove Acredales Cottages, No. 1

NT57SW 29.13 51818 73108 Lennoxlove Acredales Cottages, No. 2

NT57SW 29.14 51810 73104 Lennoxlove Acredales Cottages, No. 3

NT57SW 29.15 51800 73101 Lennoxlove Acredales Cottages, No. 4

NT57SW 29.16 51790 73097 Lennoxlove Acredales Cottages, No. 5

NT57SW 29.17 51780 73094 Lennoxlove Acredales Cottages, No. 6

NT57SW 57 51555 72040 Sundial


Owner: Duke of Hamilton

Architects: Sir Robert Lorimer 1912-1914 restoration

Sydney Mitchell & Wilson - alterations and additions to coach-house 1914 and outhouse 1914

William Burn 1823 additions

James A. Arnott 1933 garden gateway

NMRS Plans:

Dick Peddie & McKay, Edinburgh Drainage Plan

Sanitary Protection Assoc 1905

Dick Peddie & McKay, Edinburgh Additions and alterations

Bin 19, Bag 3 13 Young Street 1910-1912

Dick Peddie & McKay, Edinburgh w.i. gates & commemorative panels

Bin 33, Bag 2 Sydney Mitchell & Wilson 1893


Scottish Record Office:

Sketch plan and elevation. Lord Blantyre's Pointers' Kennels.

1806 GD45/25/25

Possibly part of the extensive building programme undertaken by Lord Blantyre at this time.


Article in Country Life by Clive Aslet c.1985


NMRS Plans:

Section and ceiling plan Lorimer 1913

alterations to China Room


Original drawings for ELD/76/12- ELD/76/32 inclusive are in possession of Duke of Hamilton at Lennoxlove, his permission to reproduce required. Drawings ELD/12-18 plans for an addition are bound into a book; later alterations (1825) have been superimposed on to the drawings in other hand. Drawings ELD/76/19-24 are bound together showing intended alterations.


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