#168 Castle Gogar
Lothians (7 miles west of Edinburgh Castle), Scotland
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The first Castle
Gogar (or Gogar House) was built on the property about 1300 by the
Forresters of Corstorphine, and traces of its foundation can apparently
be seen in the current tower house. The lands had been given to
Clan Seton by Robert the Bruce, then passed to the Halyburtons about
1409. In 1601 John Couper bought the
property, and it was his son, Adam Couper, who built the castle in
1625. While the renowned Martin Coventry describes the castle as "a
large 17th-century L-plan" where "the main block and offset wing join
only at the corners", the presence of the round tower at the NE corner
of the main block makes the castle in effect a "Y-plan".
Both the main block and wing have corner bartizans, and the stair tower
in the re-entrant angle rises to a balconied flat roof. The
basement is vaulted, and the walls pierced by several gun loops.
The castle was near a Civil War skirmish between Cromwell's army and the
Scot under General David Leslie, but has otherwise been untouched by
The castle was
apparently in the hands of Clan Couper until an Edinburgh banker,
of Barnton, a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, bought Gogar House
(as it was known then) for £37,000 in 1789.
Mrs. Ramsay and her son
George went out to look over
in April 1792, and were “pleased with the
grandeur and substantial appearance of the Place”. Later in that
year, William observed that “the beauty and value” of Gogar far exceeded
his expectations. George, later known for his hunting and coaching
exploits, married Miss Jean Hamilton of Wishaw, and between 1793 and
1804, their children were born at Gogar. His daughter Susan married
Alexander Gibson-Maitland. The Gibson-Maitland and later
Steel-Maitland families owned Castle Gogar for more than 200 years,
until in 2002 Lady Brenda Steel-Maitland bequeathed the property to her
dear friend and tenant Gordon Stewart. The castle was purchased by
Scott and Lesley Seath in 2003, and has been lovingly restored.
|Plans, Elevations & Cross-sections|
|Ground Floor Plan||First Floor Plan||Second Floor Plan||Etching of the castle from the south||
Etching of the castle
from the northeast
of the Lego Model
under construction, February 2018
was laid out on February 6,
but on February 7 we hoped in our car...
...and headed for golf
with old friends in much warmer
Florida, so the project paused.
Construction resumed on February 19,
with the ground level completed...
positioned, replacing current
ground level windows.
|On February 21 the first floor is added.||Bartizans will be coming soon.||
tower poses it own
accents in light gray must
be in the correct locations!
26 the second floor
is in place...
bartizans rising both
on the end of the hall
the corner of the kitchen
wing as well.
the round tower's
window panes a tad wider so they
better fit the "circular" pattern.
March 1 and Castle Gogar
is ready to roof.
are complete, but
I'm awaiting wedge plates
to start the roofs.
of the 17-stud diameter
tower must be melded into that
that of the main block...
results, with my first
dark bluish gray "slate" roof
will be awesome. SEE BELOW!
of the Lego Model
Built February-March 2018
On March 3 the final
arrive in the mail, and Castle
Gogar is finished.
The balconied stair tower
is reminiscent of famous
Craigievar Castle [which see].
addition the bartizans
are two- and three-stories
together an awesome
model of an awesome
The current kitchen wing
has a 3-sided protrusion
which is doubtless modern.
The view from the north
really highlights the Y shape
of the castle.
It's just a pleasure to
take a Lego-based mini
e-stroll around Castle
Round tower and turrets
are seemingly everywhere.
This was a
to model on several
Other Castle Gogar pages (very little available):
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