Smeaton House

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Smeaton House, also known as Smeaton Castle, and now as Dalkeith Home Farm,[1] is a courtyard castle dating from the fifteenth century, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Dalkeith, and 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Inveresk in East Lothian, Scotland.[2]

History[edit]

In 1450 the lands on which Smeaton Castle are built were the property of the Abbey of Dunfermline. Thereafter they passed to the Richardsons. The buildings now form part of a farm.[2]

Structure[edit]

The castle courtyard had rounded towers, but only two remain standing, with the curtain wall between them.[2] These are the two western towers.[1] While one tower has been reduced in height the other remains at four storeys, with an adjoining square stair-tower.[2]

One range of buildings also survives, but considerably changed. It has a vaulted basement.

There are traces of a moat.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Smeaton House". ScotlandsPlaces. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
  2. ^ a b c d Coventry, Martin (2001) The Castles of Scotland. Goblinshead. ISBN 1-899874-26-7 p.379

Coordinates: 55°54′57″N 3°02′42″W / 55.9159°N 3.0451°W / 55.9159; -3.0451