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Innerwick Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Innerwick Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 58912

Site Number NT77SW 10

NGR NT 7351 7369

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT77SW 10 7351 7369.

(NT 7351 7369) Innerwick Castle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1959)

An apparently 15 - 16th century castle, occupying a rocky promontory cut off by a rock-hewn ditch 15ft deep and 18ft wide.

Only the lowest storey remains, the walls varying from 1 1/4 ft to 4ft in thickness, with the earlier portions of ashlar and the later of uncoursed rubble - but the castle is known to have been razed in 1402 or 1406 and rebuilt, and fired in 1547. Rock-cut mortices on either side of the ditch suggest the existence of a bridge leading to an entrance.

The site suggests itself for occupation at an early period.

RCAHMS 1924, visited 1913

The remains of Innerwick Castle are as described by the RCAHMS and are still impressive.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 28 March 1966

Architecture Notes


National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, among the 'Uncatalogued MSS of General Hutton', contains, in number 35, vol. 1, a rough ink sketch, dated 1782, of the Castle of Innerwick, which stands in the East part of the County of Haddington, West of the road from Dunbar to Berwick.

Scottish Record Office

Thomson of Duddington [Rev. John] [1778-1840]. Landscape. The Old Castle at Innerwick.

GD205/Box 48/Portfolio 18

1838 Inventory of pictures at Archerfield.


Photographic Survey (January 1964 - February 1964)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Works in 1964.


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