It was originally owned by the Dalmahoy family, whose crest emblem appears on a carved panel on the south wall. Records of it being in their possession date back to 1453, but the provinence of the tower before that is not known.
It passed to a branch of the Forrester family of Corstorphine, before being sold to the Provost of Edinburgh, William Little, in 1587. Little built the nearby Liberton House, and the castle was abandoned in 1610, being subsequently used for agricultural storage.
Deposits of charcoal and well as smashed pottery suggest that the tower was caught up in the fighting around Edinburgh in 1650, when Cromwell invaded Edinburgh as part of the Third English Civil War. Other evidence to this effect is the removal of the parapets, damage to the tower and the finding of cannonballs in nearby fields.
The 15th century structure is well preserved and was restored in 1994.
It is rectangular in plan, being 34 feet 9 inches (10.59 m) along the east-west axis and 25 feet 9 inches (7.85 m) along the north-south axis.
It is rented out for holiday lets.
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