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Preserving the Past for the Future

Castles in their past and present state by Brian McGarrigle

This section shows what a castle or tower house looked like when photography was in its infancy. We also show what it looks like in its present state. Thankfully, not all are in a sorry state as some fantastic historic buildings have been restored or consolidated. Hopefully we can show potential restorers that there are still many historic building capable of being saved. Sadly, it's too late for some.



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ROYSTON CASTLE

Royston Castle (Edinburgh) - Past & Present

Royston Castle, also known as Granton Castle, was a late 16th C L-plan tower house, altered and added to in the following century.


Date added: 29 Feb 2012 read more about royston castle
HALLYARDS CASTLE

Hallyards Castle (West Lothian) - Past & Present

Hallyards Castle was a mid-17th C mansion with crow stepped gables and a stair turret projecting from one side. One of the corners was cut away in a curious fashion. A date above a window reads 1630.


Date added: 29 Feb 2012 read more about hallyards castle
STONEYPATH TOWER

Stoneypath Tower (East Lothian) Past & Present

Stoneypath Tower has been rescued from collapse and now forms an attractive dwelling house. Situated near Haddington it is an L-plan tower house of the 15th C with walls 9 feet thick at ground level.


Date added: 29 Feb 2012 read more about stoneypath tower
GILBERTFIELD TOWER

Gilbertfield Tower (Lanark) - Past & Present

On the north side of Dechmont Hill, near Cambuslang, stands the house of Gilbertfield, with a panel dating it 1607.


Date added: 09 Feb 2012 read more about gilbertfield tower
PITFICHIE CASTLE

Pitfichie Castle (Aberdeen) - Past & Present

Pitfichie Castle consists of a rectangular block dominated by a circular angle tower dating 1560-70.


Date added: 09 Feb 2012 read more about pitfichie castle
WALLACES HOUSE ELDERSLIE

Wallace's House (Renfrewshire) - Past & Present

Local tradition has long pointed out this house as the birthplace of William Wallace though what we see is a vaulted, steep pitched, crow stepped building of the late 16th C.


Date added: 09 Feb 2012 read more about wallaces house elderslie
WALLACES TOWER

Wallace's Tower (Aberdeen) - Past & Present

More correctly known as Benholm's Tower this small Z plan tower of around 1600 originally stood outside the Aberdeen city boundary. Moved brick by brick to make way for a shopping centre.


Date added: 09 Feb 2012 read more about wallaces tower
INVERUGIE CASTLE

Inverugie Castle (Aberdeenshire) - Past & Present

Inverugie Castle was an exceptionally fine, late 16th century tower house consisting of an oblong main block with two round towers.


Date added: 09 Feb 2012 read more about inverugie castle
DAIRSIE CASTLE

Dairsie Castle (Fife) - Past & Present

Dairsie Castle was a shattered ruin of a 16th century castle consisting of an oblong main block with circular towers at diagonally opposite angles. In 1996 it was fully restored.


Date added: 26 Jan 2012 read more about dairsie castle
FORTER CASTLE

Forter Castle (Angus) - Past & Present

Forter, a late 16th century tower house, was until recently abandoned and ruined. However in 1988, for the sum of £15,000, it was purchased and restored in the astonishing time of 2 years.


Date added: 26 Jan 2012 read more about forter castle
AUCHANS CASTLE

Auchans Castle (Ayr) - Past & Present

Classed as 'Category A' Charles McKean considers Auchans as amongst the premier 'chateaux' in Scotland.


Date added: 26 Jan 2012 read more about auchans castle
BARCALDINE CASTLE

Barcaldine Castle (Argyll) - Past & Present

Barcaldine Castle was built between 1601 and 1608 and is an excellent example of a vaulted, L shaped tower of the period.


Date added: 26 Jan 2012 read more about barcaldine castle
ELIOCK HOUSE

Eliock House (Dumfries) - Past & Present

Much altered 17th C house incorporating a vaulted, gun looped 16th c tower house. This wing (that hidden by the trees) is now semi-ruinous due to fire damage.


Date added: 26 Jan 2012 read more about eliock house
FASIDE CASTLE

Fa'side Castle (East Lothian) - Past & Present

Originally a 15th century tower of 4 four storeys of which the topmost was vaulted. Fa'side suffered badly at the Battle of Pinkie (1547) after which it was enlarged.


Date added: 19 Jan 2012 read more about faside castle
STONEBYRES CASTLE

Stonebyres Castle (Lanarkshire) - Past & Present

Stonebyres Castle, Lanarkshire. A imposing 15th century castle of a stretched plan built above a ravine and much added to in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Date added: 19 Jan 2012 read more about stonebyres castle
CASTLEMILK CASTLE

Castlemilk Castle (Lanarkshire) - Past & Present

Castlemilk Castle, Lanarkshire was an oblong tower house of the 15th century occupying a prominent position with extensive views across the Clyde Valley.


Date added: 19 Jan 2012 read more about castlemilk castle
CARNOCK HOUSE

Carnock House (Airth, Stirling) - Past & Present

This is a real find - a real treasure! Carnock House was a mid 16th C elongated tower house with 2 stair turrets on the entrance side.


Date added: 18 Jan 2012 read more about carnock house
CARNWATH MOTTE

Carnwath Motte (Lanark) - Past & Present

Carnwath Church was built by William de Somerville before 1165 on which date he gifted it to Glasgow.


Date added: 18 Jan 2012 read more about carnwath motte
HATTON CASTLE

Hatton Castle (Angus) - Past & Present

Built in 1575 on the Z-plan, Hatton comprises an oblong block with a square tower at each of the NE and SW angles; there is a circular turret in the re-entrant angle of the NE tower.


Date added: 09 Jan 2012 read more about hatton castle
BOGHALL CASTLE

Boghall Castle (Lanarkshire) - Past & Present

Boghall Castle, Lanarkshire 1870 (it collapsed shortly afterwards) and now. The ruins were conserved after the collapse - a little too late ...


Date added: 09 Jan 2012 read more about boghall castle