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- Category: A
- Date Added: 22/02/1971
- Local Authority: West Lothian
- Planning Authority: West Lothian
- Burgh: Linlithgow
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NT 196 77279
- Coordinates: 300196, 677279
Circa 1535. Single storey gateway, pointed arch pend at centre flanked by polygonal corner towers to S elevation. Cream squared and coursed snadstone rubble. Corbelled and coped with cable moulded course, crenellated at centre of S elevation.
S ELEVATION: base course with gun loops to towers, 4 carved wreathed panels over archway representing the orders of the Knighthood borne by James V: The Golden Fleece; St Michael; the Garter and the Thistle.
PEND: ribbed barrel vault, 3 carved bosses, 2 of unicorns and 1 lion. Stone benches to side walls.
Statement of Special Interest
MONUMENT IN CARE; (CROWN PROPERTY). See also Linlithgow Palance and Linlithgow Palace, Lodge listed separately. The gateway was built by James V to serve his new S entrance to the palace. The carved panels above the archway were recarved in Edinburgh in 1845. Recently more work has been done inside the gateway with the replacement of some of the stone benching, and the painting of the panels. It bears similarities to the West Port, St Andrews.
THE NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND Vol II (1845) p177; THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND Vol 1 (1887) p500; C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p294.
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