Barnes Castle or Barney Vaults, Haddington

A 16th-century castle that became an 'instant ruin' following Sir John Seton' unexpected death in 1594.

He was born in 1553, and became a diplomat and member of King Philip II of Spain's personal bodyguard and rose to become the Royal Steward in Spain.

On his return to Scotland he was appointed by James VI and I, Treasurer, Master of the Horse, and Master of the King's Household for life.

He was granted Garleton Castle, and took possession of Hailes Castle, while his new Spanish-style castle at Barnes was being built.

The castle is built on a symmetrical quadrangular plan with protruding corner towers and intermediate towers on the walls.

Unfortunately the impressive building never progressed further than the vaults at ground-floor level.