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Ravelston Dykes Road, Ravelston Tower (Old Ravelston House)

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9524 / 55°57'8"N

Longitude: -3.2561 / 3°15'21"W

OS Eastings: 321663

OS Northings: 673971

OS Grid: NT216739

Mapcode National: GBR 87F.YQ

Mapcode Global: WH6SK.YNN6

Entry Name: Ravelston Dykes Road, Ravelston Tower (Old Ravelston House)

Listing Date: 14 July 1966

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 365554

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28113

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Corstorphine/Murrayfield

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Dated 1622; remains of 17th century tower house. Squared and snecked rubble.

S ELEVATION: single window at gablehead; single window below

W ELEVATION: blind wall.

N ELEVATION: narrow light in gablehead; another below.

E ELEVATION: single window half-way up with iron railing.

Crowstepped skews; grey slate roof.

Statement of Interest

A-Group with Mary Erskine School (Ravelston House), Dovecot, Entrance Gateway and Boundary Walls, Garden Walls of No 37 and No 87, Queensferry Road Entrance Gate, ice-houses and 31 & 33 Ravelston Dykes Road. The old tower house at Ravelston was erected by George Foulis, who purchased the estate in 1620. This is all that remains of the original Z-plan house, which was destroyed by fire in the late 18th century, and is the old staircase tower. Above the entrance door is the inscription NE QUID NIMIS with the initials GF and IB (George Foulis and Janet Bannatyne), and the date 1622. George Foulis was a bailie of the city of Edinburgh and Master of the King's Mint.

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