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Carnock House (Airth, Stirling) - Past & Present


Carnock House

Carnock House, sadly, nothing of which remains today

This photograph is a real treasure! Carnock was a mid 16th C elongated tower house situated near Airth in Stirling. The house was transformed in the 17th C when the battlements (which once went around the turrets - you can just see the continuous corbelling on the one nearest) were either removed or cut down in size. The roof was heightened and the fenestration regularised. 

In 1941 Carnock was completely demolished and now only weeds mark the site.

Salvaged from the ruiins, however, was its oak entrance door which can now be seen in the Smith Institute in Stirling. This door is extremely unusual in that it has what  appears to be a  'cat flap'! A more realistic explanation is that it was an aperture for an iron gun.


Date posted: 18 Jan 2012Last updated: 08 Dec 2014


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Comment by: Jasper Meade on Mon, 31st Oct 2016, 7:48 pmRef id: 107

I have good photos of Carnock and the area from 1894 if anyone interesting email Jasper@penylan.co.uk

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