Greenlaw Castle

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Site Type CASTLE
Canmore ID 58515
Site Number NT74NW 5
NGR NT 7210 4593
Former Region BORDERS
Former District BERWICKSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Accessing Scotland's Past

First recorded in a charter dated 1606, Greenlaw Castle was demolished in the first half of the nineteenth century. It was situated just over one kilometre east of Greenlaw village.

It served as a laird's house until 1729, after which it became a residence for farm servants. It was probably a fortified structure, of which little is known, though it is recorded that a stone building near the castle was where cattle were hidden during raids.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project at

Architectural Notes


History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club
Parish of Greenlaw. "A small part of the wall of an old building was standing about 15 years ago, in a field called Castle Field...This has been removed and ploughed over..." 1863-8, p.114

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Archaeological Notes

NT74NW 5 7210 4593.

(NT 7210 4593) Greenlaw Castle (NR) (Site of).
OS 6"map, (1957).

Three old ash trees mark the site of Greenlaw Castle which stood in the second field on the N side of the Castle Loan Road going SE. It is first mentioned in a charter dated 1606.
There is no extant description of the castle, but there was a large stone building, near the castle, in which the cattle were placed when a raid was feared. The castle ceased to be occupied as a manor-house after 1729, then it was used by farm servants till about 1820, being demolished shortly after.
R Gibson 1905; J Walker 1868.

No trace of Greenlaw Castle now survives.
Visited by OS(RD) 22 July 1970.

Books and References

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 246,279 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Gibson, R (1905) An old Berwickshire town: history of the town and parish of Greenlaw from the earliest times to the present day, Edinburgh
Page(s): 22 Held at RCAHMS D.1.13.GRE

RCAHMS (1980b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Berwickshire District, Borders Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 10 Edinburgh
Page(s): 57, No.598 Held at RCAHMS A.1.2.ARC/10

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