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Blackness Castle

A Category A Listed Building in Bo'ness and Blackness, Falkirk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0059 / 56°0'21"N

Longitude: -3.5163 / 3°30'58"W

OS Eastings: 305545

OS Northings: 680253

OS Grid: NT055802

Mapcode National: GBR 1W.TN06

Mapcode Global: WH5R3.Y9RN

Entry Name: Blackness Castle

Listing Date: 22 February 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330424

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB230

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bo'Ness and Carriden

County: Falkirk

Electoral Ward: Bo'ness and Blackness

Traditional County: West Lothian

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Description

15th cent. CURTAIN WALLS: Plan resembling <> of a ship.
NORTH BASTION ('the Stem'): Altered 1693. 2 vaulted storeys
and pit-prison. surmounted by gun-platform. MID TOWER ('the
Main Mast'). Square. 4 storeys. Corbelled parapet. Angle
turrets, Barrel-vaulted rooms. Turnpike stair-tower (added
1667). Draw-well outside. GOVERNOR'S HOUSE at S. end: 16th
cent. L-plan. 4 storeys and cape-house (corbie-stopped).
Terrace on court side. Turnpike stair leading to Hall etc.
SPUR to W. of House: Heightened and altered 1693. Angle
turret. Iron yett opening on to pend.

Statement of Interest

Crown property On a rocky promontory (the Black Ness) on

Firth of Forth. Built as a royal fortress. In 17th cent. it

was a State prison for distinguished Covenanters. One of 4

Scottish Castles maintained according to Treaty of Union

1707. Converted into Ordnance depot 1870. Garrisoned until

1919. Guardianship Monument. Area scheduled 23 February 1996.

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