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Edingham Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9451 / 54°56'42"N

Longitude: -3.8134 / 3°48'48"W

OS Eastings: 283940

OS Northings: 562670

OS Grid: NX839626

Mapcode National: GBR 1CT8.63

Mapcode Global: WH5X0.DYBV

Entry Name: Edingham Castle

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6412

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Urr

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Abbey

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises the remains of a castle of early 16th century date.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It comprises a roofless, rectangular building measuring some 28m NE-SW by approximately 20m NW-SE. Its walls vary in thickness between about 2.8m on the E to some 4.7m on the W. There are small, narrow windows in three of the walls. An entrance at the NW leads into a vestibule. From here a turnpike stairway goes up to the first floor, surviving only on the SW gable.

Two doorways lead from the vestibule down to a barrel-vaulted basement. A low, modern wall enclosing the castle has been built to exclude livestock. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is a square of side 30m aligned approximately NE-SW, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of defensive domestic architecture of the late medieval period. In addition it could have the archaeological potential to supply information on the material culture of this period in a minor laird?s house.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 86 SW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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