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Bavelaw Castle (Midlothian) - Past and Present

At first sight Bavelaw Castle appears to be a typical 17th century Lairds House but a 16th century origin is attested by the thickness of its walls, its vaulted basement and an array of gun loops. Located two miles south of Balerno, it has links with Mary Queen of Scots and James VI.

Bavelaw Castle in 1900 – retaining its harling

Bavelaw Castle was modernised by the famous architect Robert Lorimer and provides a fine example of Scottish domestic architecture.

Bavelaw Castle in 2009 – with wing and dormer additions

Article by Scottish Castles Association member Brian McGarrigle.

Added: 06 Jul 2020 Updated: 13 Oct 2023
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