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Bathgate Castle
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland
Bathgate Castle is located in West Lothian
Bathgate Castle
Bathgate Castle
Coordinates 55°53′41″N 3°37′53″W / 55.8948°N 3.6314°W / 55.8948; -3.6314
Site information
Condition Ruined
Site history
Built c. 12th century

Bathgate Castle, near Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, was a motte-and-bailey castle. It was abandoned after 1327 and only the motte survives aside from some earthworks. It was designated a scheduled monument in 1961 by Historic Environment Scotland.


The castle was the caput of the barony of Bathgate. The castle was part of the dowry of Marjorie Bruce, daughter of King Robert the Bruce, upon her marriage to Walter, High Steward of Scotland in 1314. Walter died there in 1327, and the castle appears to have been abandoned afterwards. The remains of the castle are located within a golf course.

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