Scottish Castles Association

Preserving the Past for the Future

Cathcart Castle (Glasgow) Past & Present

Cathcart Castle demolished

Cathcart Castle, or what is left of it. That's health and safety for you.

This is what happens when a castle comes under the care of Glasgow. Cathcart was a massive tower house of the early 15th century surrounded by a curtain wall equipped with round towers. Its situation was dramatic, high on a rocky outcrop above the River Cart which is bridged at this point.

Cathcart Castle before demolition by the Glasgow Council

Cathcart Castle in 1904 - Demolished by Glasgow City Council in 1980

It was abandoned as a dwelling in the mid 1700s and the roof removed and so it lay until it came under the control of Glasgow. The castle then formed part of a public park, though the castle itself was fenced off. Numerous attempts were made to secure the future of the structure and the 'Cathcart Society' was founded for this express purpose.

All in vain, on the pretext that the castle constituted a danger to children it was demolished over a week end in 1980.

Added: 02 Jul 2012 Updated: 08 Dec 2014
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