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Dalhousie Castle, Folly Tower on W Bank of River South Esk

A Category C Listed Building in Midlothian South, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8595 / 55°51'34"N

Longitude: -3.0811 / 3°4'51"W

OS Eastings: 332429

OS Northings: 663446

OS Grid: NT324634

Mapcode National: GBR 60XP.RD

Mapcode Global: WH6T1.NZ1G

Entry Name: Dalhousie Castle, Folly Tower on W Bank of River South Esk

Listing Date: 5 May 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393309

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46127

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cockpen

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Midlothian South

Parish: Cockpen

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Later 18th century. Circular-plan folly. Randomly arranged unhewn stones with tooled pink sandstone rubble lining. Pointed-arched doorways to W and N with polished dressings surmounted by bull's-eye/oculus window opening; elliptical window opening to S; bull's-eye/oculus window opening to E. Roofless (1998).

Statement of Interest

B Group with Dalhousie Castle, Folly on E Bank of River South Esk, Dalhousie Bridge over River South Esk, West Lodge and Grove Farm (former Dalhousie Walled Garden). Similar to Cockpen Farm, Folly on E Bank of River South Esk (see separate listing). Described as a "washing house" on the 1st edition OS map, the purpose of the tower is unclear. It seems most likely that it was simply a folly forming part of the picturesque landscape.

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