- HER number: MEL8065
- Site Name: Hirendean Castle
- Grid Reference: 329840 651209
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- Description: NT25SE 2 2983 5121.
(NT 2983 5121) Hirendean Castle (NR) (Ruins of).
OS 6" map (1909)
The building appears to date from the 16th century. The structure is built of irregular coursed rubble, and measures externally 25ft north-south by 44 1/2 ft east-west, with walls 3 1/2 ft thick. Only the south wall and a fragment of the west gable remain, showing that the building had at least three storeys.
The condition of the ruin is very bad and the upper portion of the south-west angle, where the wall is still standing for a height of some 30 feet, threatens to fall.
Hirendean Castle, the remains of a peel-tower, originally measured 12m x 7m overall but otherwise is as described by the Commission. The S wall and part of the W gable are still standing; the remainder is a pile of rubble in which part of the N wall can be traced. Around the building are the probable remains of a later farm comprising building foundations and enclosures.
Visited by OS (JP) 16 February 1970
NMRS REPORT DATE: 25/07/1991
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- Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1929. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Tenth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the counties of Midlothian and West Lothian. 178-9, No.271.