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Identifier: castellateddomes03macg
Title: The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland, from the twelfth to the eighteenth century
Year: 1887 (1880s)
Authors: MacGibbon, David, d. 1902 Ross, Thomas, 1839-1930
Subjects: Architecture Architecture, Domestic Castles
Publisher: Edinburgh : D. Douglas
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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the room is8 feet 11 inches. At the top of the main stair a small room is enclosedwith a timber partition, similar in idea to, although on a much smallerscale than, the rooms referred to at the stair-tops of Fyvie and Notland, LKTHINGTON CASTLE 261 — THIRD PERIOD From this point a narrow wheel-stair, in a turret slightly corbelled out inthe south wall, leads to a lofty capehouse perched on the angle of thebattlements (Fig. 192), containing two rooms, one of which has a fireplace.The stone walls at the inner (or north-east) angle of this room are, for alength of 6 or 7 feet, over a void, as will be seen by comparing the Plans.The doorway shown at the side of the fireplace opens into the roof. The battlements are wide and spacious, with rounded angle bartizansand projecting gargoyles of a square oblong form, each Ioughly but effectivelyhewn in the form of a monster. The angle turret on the corner of the cape-house is solid. The capehouse is evidently a late addition, constructed so as

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(1 ff^ lilliiii.i!.,L iMBwwrawmwniBai Pig. 193.—Lethington Uastle. View oa the Battlements. to provide an additional room, which might also serve as a watch turret.The angle bartizan at this corner was no doubt previously the same asthose of the other angles, and has simply been heightened and incorporatedwith the capehouse wall, as shown on the Plan of that room. In many of our castles we find some special means of defence overthe doorways, both in the earlier and later buildings. At Bothwell,Preston, Threave, and Skipness we have examples of the precautionstaken for this purpose ; and at Elcho a great stone lintel stretchedbetween the walls at the re-entering angle over the doorway.* This we * Vol. II. p. 99. THIRD PERIOD 262 LETIIINGTON CASTLE conjectured to be the support of some kind of wooden breteche for the pro-tection of the defenders; and here at Lethington we have the same ideacarried out in stonework (Fig. 193), supported on a squinch arch thrownacross the re-entering an


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