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Bathgate Castle

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Old Hall Knowe

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Aerial photo with the castle site top right

We would like to thank Bathgate Golf Club for permission to visit the course.

 In 1328, the Castle was given as a dowry by Robert Bruce when his daughter Marjorie (elsewhere Marjory) married Walter, High Steward of Scotland, after whose death the castle was no longer inhabited.

A grass-covered mound, 2.0m - 3.0m in height, denotes the site of Bathgate Castle. The lay-out of a golf course tends to despoil the outline, but there are two distinct ditches visible, curving round the E perimeter of the mound. The bank formed between them averages 0.6m in height, spread to a width of 8.0m. The inner ditch, which is very shallow, averages 2.0m across. A causeway, 8.0m broad, emerges on the E side. The top of the mound itself is undulating, and no building foundations are to be seen. Part of the bank and ditches on the N side has been cut away by the construction of railway sidings.
Although low-lying, much of this ground contains numerous hillocks Canmore

OS Survey 1854

First visit 13 December 2012

Near infra-red, composite pole aerial photographs. 

Looking NE over the exterior ditches (false colour)

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Southern side

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Northern side looking westwards

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Second visit 8 February 2013

Near infra-red kite aerial photographs

 

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Looking westwards

With the camera pointing in the direction of a weak sun, Jim has maximised the contrast between the reflected near infra-red light and the areas of its absorption.

 

Looking eastwards
   
   

Old Hall Knowe

and the landscape outside the Castle

0ld Hall Knowe is a small hillock SW of the site of Bathgate Castle. Traditionally, it is the place where the stables and other offices of the castle stood. 
Name Book 1856 (Canmore)

 

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To see these features in context go to the aerial photo with the castle site top right.

 

   
   
Men laying drainage ditches and others playing golf.