Murieston Castle

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Coordinates: 55°51′19″N 3°31′08″W / 55.8552°N 3.5190°W / 55.8552; -3.5190

Murieston Castle
Murieston Castle is located in West Lothian
Murieston Castle
Murieston Castle
Coordinates55°51′19″N 3°31′08″W / 55.8552°N 3.5190°W / 55.8552; -3.5190
Site history
Built16th century

Murieston Castle is a ruined tower house, dating from the 16th century, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of West Calder, west of the Murieston Water, at Murieston Castle Farm, West Lothian, Scotland.[1]

History[edit]

Murieston Castle had become ruinous by the early 19th century, when it was restored in the 1820s[2] or 1830s.[1] It has been described as being over-restored, and having the character of a folly.[2] The restoration was for John Keir who bought Wester Murieston in 1819.[3]

Structure[edit]

The castle was oblong, the walls being of rubble, two storeys high. At first-floor level there is roofless turret, corbelled out in the original building.[2] The tower is about 7 metres long, running north-west to south-east, and 5 metres broad.[4]

There is a fore-stair to the upper storey. A double doorway carries a medallion with arms in spandrel.[3]

It is a scheduled monument and a Category B listed building.[5][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Coventry Martin (1997) The Castles of Scotland. Goblinshead. ISBN 1 899874 10 0 p264
  2. ^ a b c "Murieston Castle". Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Murieston Castle". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  4. ^ "Murieston Castle". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  5. ^ "Murieston Castle SM1207". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 10 October 2017.