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Barochan House (Renfrew) - Past and Lost

Barochan House, near Houston in Renfrew, was a 16th century tower house replacing an earlier castle which had burned down. The site was a strong one on top of a hill with suggestions of a ditch and outer works.


Barochan House: Early tower (with continuous corbelling) can be seen rising above later mansion

It was greatly added to and extended in the 18th and 19th centuries. Sadly, dry rot and decay brought about its total demolition in the 20th.

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle

Date posted: 11 Jun 2015Last updated: 23 Jul 2015

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