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This building is in the East Lothian Council and the Dirleton Parish. It is a category B building and was listed on 05/02/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 4854 8187.


Late 16th century ruin of tower house and courtyard with

subsidiary building. Random rubble with squared rubble

dressings. Tower remains set at SE of courtyard with W

end rising 5 storeys. Round corner turrets at ground,

corbelled to square above, with segmental arch bridging

at 5th stage. Irregular openings to E elevation with

corbelled angle turret to SE angle. Large segmental

window opening at centre. Gargoyle spouts above

segmental bridging arch at W.

VAULTED CHAMBER: sited in NE corner of courtyard,

originally part of N range. Wide fireplace at E.

Probably castle kitchen.


Scheduled monument. An important historical site, though not one of the most outstanding, as much of its fabric has been plundered, for example, dated panel moved to doorway of Market Garden House (see below), on Castle boundary. Castle belonged to Levingtoun family. Ruinous lectern dovecot lies to N, also listed and scheduled.


Inventory 28 C McWilliam, LOTHIAN 1978 pp 422-3

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