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Bunkle Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Bunkle Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 59699

Site Number NT85NW 2

NGR NT 8052 5965

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Bunkle And Preston
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT85NW 2 8052 5965.

(NT 8052 5965) Bunkle Castle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6"map, (1957).

Little remained of Bunkle Castle in 1915. It was in a similar condition in 1834, though the NSA adds that 'it seems to have been a place of considerable strength, surrounded by a moat, now greatly filled up. It was once the residence of the Stewarts'.

RCAHMS 1915; New Statistical Account (NSA, A M'Conechy: weritten 1834), 1845.

The remains of Bunkle Castle occupy a natural knoll which has been artificially scarped and levelled and has a ditch on the N, W and S sides. All that survives of the castle is a stretch of curtain wall running N-S, 20m long by 1.2m high and up to 1.6m thick, and to the NW a large portion of masonry 4.0m long by 4.0m high and 1.0m thick. The interior is irregular and overgrown and no buildings or walling can be identified. The castle is approached on the NW by a causeway and there is also a possible entrance in the S, indicated by a distinct break in the steep scarp.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS(IA) 12 December 1972.

The fragmentary remains of a stone curtain wall stand in the NW quadrant of a roughly circular earthwork measuring up to 57m in diameter over a much spread inner bank. The earthwork has been fashioned from a natural knoll, around the base of which there is a broad ditch accompanied on the NW by slight traces of an outer bank. An entrance on the SE side may be original.

RCAHMS 1980, visited 1979; E Talbot 1975.

Photographed by the RCAHMS in 1980.

RCAHMS AP catalogue 1980.


Sbc Note

Visibility: This is an upstanding earthwork or monument.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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