Scheduled Monument

Gamelshiel CastleSM5606

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Secular: castle; tower
Local Authority
East Lothian
NT 64979 64797
364979, 664797


The monument consists of the ruins of Gamelshiel Castle, a small towerhouse of 16th century date.

The extant upstanding portions consist of the E and W walls. These

are constructed in narrow-coursed whinstone. The structure is

externally 7.4m wide over walls 1.3m thick and 6-7m high. Its

original length was about 16m. Part of the NE angle remains. The basement appears to have been vaulted. The area between the walls is filled with a turf-covered mass of fallen rubble.

The area to be scheduled is triangular and measures a maximum of 50m

N-S by 55m E-W, to include the castle and a surrounding portion of

land where buried features relating to the castle are likely to

survive. The N boundary is defined by the Hall Burn, the E limit is defined by a track, which is excluded from the scheduled area. The

area is shown in red on the accompanying map.



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