Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Bo'Ness And Carriden
NT 5545 80253
305545, 680253

Removal Reason

As part of the Dual Designation project, we have reviewed the structures at this site and concluded that scheduling is the most appropriate mechanism to secure the preservation of this structure as a monument of national importance


15th cent. CURTAIN WALLS: Plan resembling <> of a ship.

NORTH BASTION ('the Stem'): Altered 1693. 2 vaulted storeys

and pit-prison. surmounted by gun-platform. MID TOWER ('the

Main Mast'). Square. 4 storeys. Corbelled parapet. Angle

turrets, Barrel-vaulted rooms. Turnpike stair-tower (added

1667). Draw-well outside. GOVERNOR'S HOUSE at S. end: 16th

cent. L-plan. 4 storeys and cape-house (corbie-stopped).

Terrace on court side. Turnpike stair leading to Hall etc.

SPUR to W. of House: Heightened and altered 1693. Angle

turret. Iron yett opening on to pend.

Statement of Special Interest

Crown property On a rocky promontory (the Black Ness) on

Firth of Forth. Built as a royal fortress. In 17th cent. it

was a State prison for distinguished Covenanters. One of 4

Scottish Castles maintained according to Treaty of Union

1707. Converted into Ordnance depot 1870. Garrisoned until

1919. Guardianship Monument. Area scheduled 23 February 1996.



N.S.A. Groome Inv. 303 (plans; ill.)

C. & D. Arch. III, pp.225-6 (plan; ill)

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Blackness Castle

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    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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