|Auldhame Castle as it is today, on the edge of a cliff - view from the North West|
Auldhame Castle was a fortified house built, probably on or near the site of an earlier building (which may have been some form of religious retreat - see later), in about 1530, by Adam Otterburn of Reidhall, who was sometime Lord Provost of Edinburgh (from 1538 until his term of office was ended by the Rough Wooing), Lord Advocate to James V of Scotland and later secretary to James' second wife, Mary of Guise. Adam was murdered in Edinburgh in 1558.
Since he also had a residence at Reidhall (or Redhall), in Edinburgh, Auldhame may have been the family farm or a country seat, but it was a substantial structure. It was an L-shaped building - the North wing faced onto the cliffs over the Forth, on the East Lothian coast, and much of that is still standing and recognisable; the South-East wing has mostly disappeared - about all that remains is the entrance door.
|Entrance to the vanished South wing|
|This photo is borrowed from elsewhere - note the cloverleaf motif|
|Vaulted cellar area below the remaining building|
|In these parts, the ivy always wins in the end|
|Good heavens - could that be a ghostly hand waving - can you see it too...?|
|The flat area on which the house was built is bounded by a bank (and |
the footings of an old wall, somewhere under the trees), built on top of a sandstone face
|This is not a sandstone cliff - it is WW2 concrete!|
|Just as a reminder, this is what it is supposed to have looked like around 1600|
- viewed from the same angle as my first photo - the cliffs were further away then!