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Bathgate Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Bathgate, West Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8947 / 55°53'40"N

Longitude: -3.6314 / 3°37'53"W

OS Eastings: 298074

OS Northings: 668046

OS Grid: NS980680

Mapcode National: GBR 3028.LR

Mapcode Global: WH5RN.630C

Entry Name: Bathgate Castle

Scheduled Date: 2 March 1961

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1904

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Bathgate

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: Bathgate

Traditional County: West Lothian


Earlier 15th century core with major 17th and 18th century alterations and additions. 3 storey with attic, 3-bay, T plan house set within the NE corner of St Margaret's Park. Painted harl to N, S and E, sandstone rubble to W; sandstone ashlar dressings. Crowstepped skews.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: roll moulded corniced doorway in advanced central bay; timber door; blind plaque; single stair windows flanking at ground, 1st floor and attic. Single windows to all floors in recessed bay to right. Small opening at ground in bay to left.

S ELEVATION: 5-bay, grouped 3-2. Roll-moulded doorway to left of centre at ground; smaller roll-moulded doorway to right of centre; single, boarded window at ground to left. Regular fenestration to 1st and 2nd floors.


12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; corniced wallhead and apex stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: 18th century timber and composition fireplaces; some panelling remains, despite extensive restoration work.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: rubble sandstone wall of varying heights to Corstorphine High Street and Orchardfield Avenue with railings. Sandstone corniced gatepiers surmounted by iron standards and stone ball finials; iron gates.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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