Newsletter – Issue 142, April 2003
As always we are having a fascinating winter of talks on a wide diversity of subjects, but now we have only two more before the summer break – on Wednesday, 16th April John Lawson will be bringing us up to date on Current Archaeology in Edinburgh while on Tuesday, 20th May Douglas Spiers will be doing the same for Fife.
1) Preston, East Lothian
The Society will be visiting Preston, East Lothian on Saturday, 26th April 2003. Amongst the many late medieval sites on view are the Mercat Cross, Preston Tower, Hamilton House, Northfield House, and, for the more energetic, the Parish Church.
2) Borthwick Castle
Arrangements have been made to visit this castle at 15.00 hrs on Friday, 16th May 2003. Now a hotel and conference centre, this is a massive double tower house in an excellent state of preservation dating back to the 15th century. For those who are particularly enthusiastic, the village boasts a beautiful medieval church (keys available from an adjacent house).
Harken Burn, Castlehill Survey Penicuik
The survey of this possible motte and bailey site has begun with a topographic survey based on two survey stations, one at either end of the ridge on which the ‘castle’ stands. The base line between these two stations is also being used to locate the 20 by 20 metre squares of the ground resistance survey, which is now running in parallel with the topography.