Edinburgh, Cramond, Kirk Cramond, Cramond Tower

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Alternative Names 4 Kirk Cramond; Cramond Glebe Road
Site Type TOWER HOUSE
Canmore ID 50421
Site Number NT17NE 4
NGR NT 19092 76963
Council EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Parish EDINBURGH (EDINBURGH, CITY OF)
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District CITY OF EDINBURGH
Former County MIDLOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NT17NE 4 19092 76963

(NT 1909 7695) Cramond Tower (NR) (remains of)
OS 6" map (1968)

Cramond Tower probably dates from the late 15th - early 16th century; it measures 21'8" N-S by 24'9" E-W, with a circular stair-tower projecting from the SE angle. It is now free-standing, four storeys high, but at sundry periods outbuildings of various heights have been erected against the N, E and W walls, though these have disappeared. It is not in a good state of preservation (N Tranter 1963). The tower must have been built by the Bishops of Dunkeld.
RCAHMS 1929, visited 1921; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889

No change to previous information.
Visited by OS (BS) 11 December 1975

Now restored and occupied.
N Tranter 1990.

Edinburgh Field Archaeological Society were granted permission to conduct a geophysical survey at Cramond Tower. Three 20m x 20m squares were laid out and surveyed. An irregular low resistance line was recorded, and is thought to be a Roman ditch, parts of which were recorded when a pond was dug for the garden. A now unused drain from the 1680 Cramond House was also recorded in the survey.
H M D Jones 2006.

 
Books and References

Cooper, D ([1992]) Building report: Cramond Tower, Typescript
Held at RCAHMS D.8.41.CRA.P

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 126 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Cramond Tower (post-1978) Cramond Tower, [s.l.]
Held at RCAHMS D.8.41.CRA.P

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