Scheduled Monument

Howlet's House,towerhouse and enclosuresSM5682

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
04/05/1993
Type
Ecclesiastical: chapel, Secular: enclosure
Local Authority
Midlothian
Parish
Penicuik
NGR
NT 19371 62473
Coordinates
319371, 662473

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a small tower dwelling, probably of 15th or 16th century date, and a number of attached enclosures which may represent further dwellings.

The main structure, surviving in fragments, is the base of a rectangular tower 6.6m N-S by 7m E-W over walls 1m thick. The N wall survives to 2.2m high, and curves inwards at the top, indicating that the structure was barrel vaulted on its ground level. A small window and four joist-holes survive in this wall. Fragments of the S wall survive to 1.2m high.

The E and W walls are reduced to grass-covered foundations. To the E are slight traces of a smaller attached building. To the W, and angled to the W wall of the tower, is a large enclosure, subdivided by a central wall. This enclosure seems more likely to have been a yard than a large attached building, but little survives. There is nothing in the surviving structures to support the antiquarian suggestion that this is a priest's dwelling.

The area to be scheduled is triangular, 7om E-W by a maximum of 35m N-S, and defined on the N by a small burn. The easternmost point of the scheduled area is on the W side of the road running up the NW side of Loganlee Reservoir. The area to be scheduled is marked in red

on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as an unusually small tower dwelling in a remote location with an obscure history. Further investigations, both documentary and archaeological, may reveal more of the background to this structure, which is strategically located in one of the few low-level gaps through the Pentland Hills, and of its relationship to other, more substantial, medieval fortifications in the vicinity.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NT 16 SE 1.

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