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Latitude: 55.8627 / 55°51'45"N
Longitude: -3.0789 / 3°4'44"W
OS Eastings: 332567
OS Northings: 663811
OS Grid: NT325638
Mapcode National: GBR 60YN.66
Mapcode Global: WH6T1.PW1X
Entry Name: Cockpen Farm, Folly (Tower) on E Bank of River South Esk
Listing Date: 14 September 1979
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331211
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB786
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midlothian South
Traditional County: Midlothian
Later 18th century. Circular-plan folly. Randomly arranged unhewn stones with polished sandstone ashlar base course. Round-arched doorway to N. Roofless (1998).
B Group with Dalhousie Castle, Folly on W Bank of River South Esk, Dalhousie Bridge over River South Esk, West Lodge and Grove Farm (former Dalhousie Walled Garden). Built on or near the site of the demolished Mansion of Cockpen owned originally by Mr Baron Cockburn, then by the Earl of Dalhousie. The folly is similar to the folly on W Bank of River South Esk in the Dalhousie Castle Policies. Described as a "ruin" on the 1st edition OS map, and also as a pump house the purpose of this tower is unclear. It seems most likely that it was simply a folly forming part of the picturesque landscape. A Fraser suggests that some of the stonework may be what remains of an old dovecot.