Edmonstone (site of)
Edmonstone House is said to have dated back to the 13th century, but was demolished in the 1950s.
The Edmonstone family are said to descend from Edmond, a Saxon member of Queen Margaret’s retinue, who arrived in Scotland in 1068. He may have been a son of Count Egmont of Flanders.
They were granted the lands of Edmonstone in 1248, and built a castle there. The Edmonstones possessed Edmonstone until 1630, when Andrew Edmonstone sold Edmonstone to James Rait or Raith.
Around 1657 James Rait’s granddaughter, Anne Rait, married Sir John Wauchope, son of Sir John Wauchope of Niddrie, and Edmonstone passed into the Wauchope family. The younger Sir John would later be created Lord Edmonstone in 1682 when appointed as a Lord of Session.
Edmonstone appears in Joan Blaeu’s Atlas of Scotland from 1654 as a castle surrounded by a courtyard wall, and on John Adair’s map from 1682 as a castle within a walled garden.
In the 18th century the Wauchope family built a new mansion on the site of the old castle, but around 1800 it was damaged by fire. It is said to have been rebuilt and redesigned by an architect named Adam, with further work carried out by William Burn around 1830 following another fire.
A section of what may have been a courtyard wall was apparently uncovered in 1822 to the east of the house when a kitchen was added. In 1883 Edmonstone was described as “believed to be 400 years old” and that “in ancient times was surrounded by a moat”.
In the 1950s it was demolished, however the landscaped estates remain, complete with ha ha, walled garden, gate house and ruined stables.
In 2012 planning permission was sought to build a private hospital on the site.