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Geophvsical survey at Ogilface Castle and Stand Hill, Armadale, West Lothian

Geophvsical survey at Ogilface Castle and Stand Hill, Armadale, West Lothian

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Area ground resistance and magnetometry surveys were made over two sites to the west of Armadale. The first is recorded by RCAHMS as Ogilface Castle (site of) standing on a narrow ridge that juts eastwards into the Barbauchlaw Glen. The ground resistance survey was made over four 20 by 20m squares proceeding to the west from the eastern end of the promontory with one fbrther square added to the north of the fourth square where the promontory widened. The magnetometry survey was made at a later date over the first four of these squares.
Area ground resistance and magnetometry surveys were made over two sites to the west of Armadale. The first is recorded by RCAHMS as Ogilface Castle (site of) standing on a narrow ridge that juts eastwards into the Barbauchlaw Glen. The ground resistance survey was made over four 20 by 20m squares proceeding to the west from the eastern end of the promontory with one fbrther square added to the north of the fourth square where the promontory widened. The magnetometry survey was made at a later date over the first four of these squares.

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E D IN B U R G H A R C H A E O L O G IC A L F IE L D S O C IE T Y
G eophvsical survev at O gilface C astle and
S ta n d H ill, A rm ad ale, W est ~ o t h i a n ~
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A rea ground resistance and m agnetom etry surveys w ere m ade over tw o sites to the
w est of A rm adale. T h e first is recorded by R C A H M S as O gilface C astle (site of)

s ta n d in g o n a n a rro w rid g e th a t ju ts e a s tw a rd s in to th e B a rb a u c h la w G le n . T h e g ro u n d resistance survey w as m ade over four 20 by 20m squares proceeding to the w est from th e e a s te rn e n d o f th e p ro m o n to ry w ith o n e fb rth e r s q u a re a d d e d t o th e n o rth o f th e fourth square w here the prom ontory w idened. T he m agnetom etry survey w as m ade at a la te r d a te o v e r th e first fo u r o f th e s e s q u a re s .

T h e p rin to u ts o f th e re s is ta n c e a n d m a g n e to m e try s u rv e y s c o rre la te w e ll w ith a n
a p p a re n t d o u b le ? to w e r a t th e e a s te rn e n d . M a g n e to m e try s h o w s u p o n e s e c tio n b e tte r
th a n th a t in th e re s is ta n c e p lo t a n d v ic e -v e rs a . I t is p o s s ib le th a t th e b u ild in g w a s
e re c te d in tw o p h a s e s w ith th e m o re e a s te rly in ig n e o u s s to n e a n d th e o th e r h a lf in
s a n d s to n e ; b o th o c c u r lo c a lly . T h e s u rv e y p r in to u ts a ls o s h o w p o s s ib le b u ild in g
fo u n d a tio n o u tlin e s s tre tc h in g a t le a s t 5 0 m t o th e w e s t o f th e to w e r.Ac le a r lin e a r

h ig h re s is ta n c e a n d m a tc h in g lin e o f m a g n e tic a n o m a ly a lo n g th e lin e o f th e s o u th e rn scarp of the prom ontory suggest a defensive w all. L ess regular high resistances occur o n th e n o rth s id e o f th e p ro m o n to ry ; th e s e m ay a ls o in d ic a te a w a ll th a t h a s la rg e ly collapsed due to erosion caused by the sm all burn on this side; the sm all burn curves t o jo in th e B a rb a u c h la w B u rn lo w e r d o w n th e g le n .

S ta n d H ill lie s a b o u t 2 k m t o th e w e s t o f O g ilfa c e C a s tle a n d a n o u tlin e o f a s m a ll
b u ild in g is s h o w n o n th e0 .S . 1 :2 5 0 0 m a p (N S 9 0 6 8 ) o f 1 9 8 3 . T h is b u ild in g is
surrounded by enclosure banks, a circular feature, possible track-w ays and rig and
t i r r o w c u ltiv a tio n ; a ll o f th e s e s h o w u p w e ll o n a v a rie ty o f a e ria l p h o to g r a p h s .
T hirteen 20 by 20m squares w ere laid out to include m ost of the m ain features and

w ere surveyed using both ground resistance and m agnetom etry equipm ent. T he area c o n ta in s m a n y ig n e o u s ro c k s a n d fe a tu re s o n th e m a g n e to m e try p rin to u t a re d iffic u lt to interpret but do correlate w ith the resistivity survey results. B oth surveys confirm features seen on the ground andi n the aerial photographs.H igh resistance and

m a g n e tic a n o m a lie s a lig n w ith s o m e o f th e b a n k s s u g g e s tin g re s id u a l w a lls a n d s to n e
c le a ra n c e a p p e a r s t o h a v e ta k e n p la c e w ith in th e e n c lo s u re th a t in c lu d e s th e b u ild in g .
2 .
In tr o d u c tio n
O gilface C astle rem ains lie at N G R N S 9 2 6 9 2 :6 9 0 2 8 and it is recorded by R C A H M S
as N S 96 N W l
.
T he rem ains consist of a series of stone blocks, partially overgrow n

w ith tu rf, w ith a d e p re s s io n a n d tu m b le d s to n e a t th e c e n tre .Aslig h t rid g e ru n s t o th e w e st, a lo n g th e s o u th s c a rp o f th e p ro m o n to ry , b u t th e o n ly o th e r c u t s to n e a p p e a rs t o h a v e tu m b le d fro m th e n o rth s id e o f th e p ro m o n to ry to w a rd s th e sm a ll b u m . T h e

re c o rd e d h is to ry , o f th e c a s tle , is v e ry lim ite d . I t w a s th e s e a t o f th e a n c ie n t fa m ily o f
de B osco, B arons of O gilface,before passing into the possession of the Earls of
L in lith g o w . M e r th e fa ll o f th a t fa m ily O g ilfa c e n o lo n g e r e x is te d a s a b a ro n y a n d th e

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