The vast Murdostoun Estate contained many farms – the main ones being:
Foulburn, Castlehill, Easterhouse, Westerhouse, Penty, Muirmailing, Easterhill, Westerhill and Shapenknowe.
Also near Murdostoun Castle itself there were a number of farm steadings, namely:-
Eastwood, Westwood, Rosebank and Heughbank.
Although nearly all of the land connected with the above is still being farmed in some way, only two of the above farms and steadings have habitable buildings situated on the original sites, these being Easterhouse Farm and Westerhill which is now called Hill of Murdostoun Farm.
Below are photographs of the sites where these old farms were located:
This farm was located north-west of Allanton just over quarter of a mile west of the old
There is no trace of Castlehill. This building was located on top of a hill near a bend in
the South Calder water about half a mile north-east of Murdostoun Bridge.
This was the Home Farm for the Murdostoun Estate and is still an active working farm.
This farm was located in a field just west of Easterhouse Farm. The two farms were
divided by a road which at one time was a main road south and ran from Hareshaw past
Shapenknowe Farm to Murdostoun Bridge. No trace of this farm remains.
This farm, a little way south of Salsburgh, just off the Muiredge and Jersay Road, has
some of the original buildings still standing.
Only the gateposts and a cleared area used by a local farmer for storage marks the site of
this old farm. Muirmailing was the home of William Smith, the Covenanter, buried in
Kirk O’ Shotts graveyard.
The site of this building is now covered by trees planted by Central Scotland Forest Trust.
Now called Hill of Murdostoun, this is still an active working farm.
This is located north of Easterhouse farm in a field adjacent to Muiredge House. The
site is marked by a number of stones scattered around which were part of the farm
buildings. This farm was the subject of a notable poem by Janet Hamilton, the
Langloan Poetess, who was born on the 5th October, 1795 at Carshill in the Parish of
Located north-west of Murdostoun beside a shelter belt of trees. The only remaining
trace is a flat area covered by weeds next to a spring which provided the water supply for
This was located just behind the West Lodge building. Some remains can still be seen in
the undergrowth next to a small wood.
A large pile of stones which marks the remains of this farmstead can still be seen south of
Easterhouse on the old road to Murdostoun Bridge. This farm sat on the road just
before two branch roads one going to Murdostoun Castle and the other going to
This lay south-east of Murdostoun Castle on a good position high above a double bend on
the South Calder water. The only remains being a few large stones in a clearing
surrounded by trees.
MURDOSTOUN WEST LODGE
MURDOSTOUN EAST LODGE
The Murdostoun Estate had three mills located in the area around the Castle.
The Corn Mill was about a quarter of a mile south-east of the Castle on a flat plateau next to a U-bend of the South Calder Water. The only remaining trace of this mill is a long grassy knoll and some stones set in a man made pattern at the edge of the water.
Downstream about half a mile stood the Lint Mill situated on a wide sweeping bend of the Calder. The site of this mill is marked by the ruins of two or three of its buildings, heavily overgrown with vegetation, at the end of a steep sloping track leading from a field at the front of Murdostoun Castle.