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Edrington Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Edrington Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 60136

Site Number NT95SW 5

NGR NT 9404 5339

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Mordington
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT95SW 5 9404 5339

(NT 9404 5339) Edrington Castle (NR) (Remains of).

OS 6"map, (1957).

See also NT95SW 119.

Only a fragment of Edrington Castle remains, adjoining and incorporated in farm buildings [NT95SW 119]. McGibbon states that its period is uncertain, it was 4 storeys in height and was an important place in the Border wars. According to Carr, it was destroyed by Gloucester in 1482, but was soon rebuilt, and re-taken in 1518 by the Homes of Wedderburn. In 1534 Henry VIII restored it to James V. There is a 20-30' deep well cut in the solid rock at the base of the cliff on which the castle stood.

RCAHMS 1915, visited 1908; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; A A Carr 1836.

The castle has been much destroyed. A modern dwelling house now obtrudes into what was once the W.wall, and a pig-pen has been built along the entire length of the E wall.

Visited by OS (JLD) 13 January 1955.

As described by OS field surveyor (JLD).

Visited by OS (WDJ) 11 August 1970.


RCAHMS 1980.


Sbc Note

Visibility: Upstanding building, which may not be intact.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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