Scheduled Monument

Edzell CastleSM90136

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Secular: castle
Local Authority
NO 58465 69094
358465, 769094


The monument comprises the remains of Edzell Castle, a property in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

The monument comprises a series of well-preserved structural remains, dominated by a tower house of early 16th century date, to which a courtyard and ranges of associated buildings were later added. It also encompasses a walled garden surrounded by an elaborately decorated architectural framework dating to the early 17th century. Smaller buildings thought to represent the remains of a bathhouse and summer house are built onto the SW and SE corners of the garden respectively.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the castle and its garden, together with an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is approximately rectangular with maximum dimensions of 140m NNW-SSE by 100m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The scheduling excludes above-ground features associated with a modern sheepfold in the SW part of the site, and above-ground elements of modern field boundaries.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as an outstanding example of late medieval domestic and defensive architecture. Of particular importance is the unique architectural framework around the garden. Its importance is reflected in its status as a property in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland.



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 56 NE 8.

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Edzell Castle

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About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map showing the scheduled area is the legal part of the scheduling. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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