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|Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland|
UK grid reference
|Controlled by||Hopetoun Estate|
|With permission. Exterior only|
Midhope Castle is a 16th-century tower house in Scotland. It is situated in the hamlet of Abercorn on the Hopetoun estate, About 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the west of South Queensferry, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It is a Category A listed building.
The derelict chateau that can be seen today represents the much-altered 5-storey, oblong tower house.
In the 15th-century Midhope belonged to the Martin family. During the latter 16th century, the castle belonged to Alexander Drummond of Midhope, brother to Robert Drummond of Carnock, Master of Work to the Crown of Scotland. A stone inscribed "AD 1582 MB" commemorates Alexander and his wife Marjory Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce of Airth.
Alexander Drummond was a servant of the Earl of Huntly. On 7 August 1573, on behalf of the Earl of Huntly, Drummond returned jewels belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots to Regent Morton at Holyrood Palace. Drummond was buried at Airth Old Kirk.
A painted ceiling from the tower survives in the care of Historic Scotland at Edinburgh; it is planned to be put on public display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It includes cinquefoil motifs and probably commemorates the marriage of Sir Robert Drummond, who became laird in 1619, to a Hamilton heiress. The family motto was "ad astra per ardua" and fragments from another painted ceiling had gold stars on a blue blackgound, represented in the crest of the coat of arms.
In 1678, Midhope was given a facelift when an entrance tower was removed and the extension to the east was heightened and extended. A new doorway was added along with a small courtyard, measuring 114 by 61 feet (35 by 19 m), to the south.
A large, two-chambered, oblong, late 17th century dovecot sits about 140 metres (150 yd) to the southeast.
In popular culture
- Historic Environment Scotland. "MIDHOPE CASTLE (Category A Listed Building) (LB630)". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
- Acts of the Lords Auditors of Causes and Complaints (Edinburgh, 1839), p. 178.
- MacGibbon & Ross, Castellated and Domestic Architecture, ii, (1887), 502-507
- HMC 9th Report: Lord Elphinstone (London, 1884), p. 192.
- David Malcolm, House of Drummond (Edinburgh, 1808), p.33.
- The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Bernard Burke, Harrison & Sons, 1884, p. 301
- Mike Salter, (1985). Discovering Scottish Castles. Shire Publications Ltd. ISBN��0-85263-749-7.
- Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), NMRS Number: NT07NE 5.00
- Photos of Midhope Castle
- Hopetoun Estate (Midhope Castle)