In 1549 the English burnt “the Coittes, Nather Cranstoun, Cowslane and Litill Prestoun.”
Cotts is marked as a tower on Hendrik Hondius’s 1630 map, based on Timothy Pont’s late 16th century work, approximately midway between Cousland (the Cowslane in question) to the north and Nether Kranstoun (also known as Nether Cranston, now Oxenfoord Castle), which neighbours Litle Preston (now Preston Hall), to the south. It similarly marked on Blaeu’s mid-17th century map and as a tower named Coits on John Adair’s map of 1682.
Mid-18th century maps show a range of buildings at the same location, perhaps indicating a farmstead or small settlement, while 19th century Ordnance Survey maps show a couple of buildings. Today the site is occupied by the modern property of Coats Lodge and as far as I am aware there are no extant remains.
Alternative names for Coates
Coats; Coats Lodge; Coits; Coittes; Cotts; The Coittes; The Cots
Where is Coates?
Coates is in the parish of Newbattle and the county of Midlothian.
Grid reference:NT 37237 66681
Lat / long:55.889162,-3.005027