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Uttershill Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Penicuik, Midlothian

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Latitude: 55.8221 / 55°49'19"N

Longitude: -3.2171 / 3°13'1"W

OS Eastings: 323844

OS Northings: 659432

OS Grid: NT238594

Mapcode National: GBR 51Z3.9S

Mapcode Global: WH6T5.KX8K

Entry Name: Uttershill Castle

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5063

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Penicuik

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Penicuik

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument consists of the shell of a late sixteenth century

mansion, built of freestone rubble with dressed facework.

It is oblong on plan measuring externally 20m NE to SW by 7.3m NW to

SE. The building was originally three storeys, two of which remain. A large section of the SW wall has fallen including the main entrance.

The ground floor was arranged into two, a vaulted cellar in the SW

and a timber ceiled kitchen in the NE. The partition wall is now gone and only the springing of the cellar vault remains. The first floor

was also divided into two apartments, the hall being situated over

the cellar, and lit by two north windows, one in the west wall and at least two in the south wall. The adjacent chamber had windows in each external wall and a doorway that led to the upper floor of an outbuilding, now absent, which once stood against the eastern part of the south wall.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, measuring 50m NE-SW by 40m NW-SE to include the castle and below ground structures associated

with it, as shown in red on the attached map. The existing boundary fences are specifically excluded from the scheduled area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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