Dating from the 16th century Granton Castle once commanded a wonderful panorama of the River Forth at Edinburgh's north shore.
To protect Granton Castle the Ministry of Works scheduled the monument in 1920. This was to be confirmed by letter – what possibly could go wrong? Well, no account was taken for human error – the letter was sent to the wrong address!
By the time the Ministry became aware of their blunder – the following year – it was too late. Granton Castle had been completely demolished!
The record which revealed how Granton Castle ended up being demolished and not protected should have been ‘shredded’ but a civil servant had attached a hand written note to the file stating ‘someone might want to read this someday’.