Lothians: About 1.5 miles south of Aberlady, just south of B1377 between Longniddry and Ballencrieff, west of Spittal, north of railway line, at Redhouse Castle.
Ruin or site NT 463770 OS: 66 EH32 0PH
OPEN: View from exterior: care should be taken. Garden centre by castle. Cafe.
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An imposing and extensive ruin, Redhouse Castle is an altered 16th-century courtyard castle. It consists of a rectangular courtyard enclosing an impressive four-storey tower house, and ranges of buildings with vaulted cellars. The entrance is through a wide gateway.
The tower house was later extended by an adjoining tower, and a Renaissance entrance was added. At one corner of the courtyard is a double lectern doocot, probably dating from early in the 17th century. There is a walled garden.
‘Spittell’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of The Lothians, and there was presumably a hospital here in medieval times. ‘Ridehous’ is marked on Adair’s map of East Lothian, and the building is depicted in a rectangular wooded enclosure.
Redhouse was a Douglas property, but was acquired by the Laings in 1607, one of whom was John Laing, Keeper of the Royal Signet. His initials along with those of Rebecca Deenistoun, his wife, are carved into a pediment. He died in 1612 and is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh.
The property soon passed by marriage to the Hamilton family, but George Hamilton, the last of the family, was executed for his part in the 1745 Jacobite Rising. The property was forfeited, and the castle was allowed to fall into ruin after being bought by the Murray Lord Elibank, and is now owned by the Earl of Wemyss who owns the neighbouring Gosford House.
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