Scottish Castles Association

Preserving the Past for the Future

Waygateshaw (Lanark) - Past and present

Set high above the River Clyde, in the Lanarkshire countryside near Crossford in the Clyde Valley, this is an unspoilt and, for most people, largely unknown territory.

Waygateshaw past

Victorian mansion to left, with 16th century gate and truncated tower to right

The present buildings, pictured below, comprise a 16th century tower house (reduced in height) a 17th century wing and a Victorian addition. The original tower was surrounded by a barmkin of which the gate, surmounted by two lions and flanked with two gunloops, survives.

Waygateshaw present

The flat roofed building to right of gate is part of the original tower house

The house has had mixed fortunes in recent years having suffered severely from fires and rebuilt.

From 1539 Waygateshaw was a house of the Lockhart family. In 1572 Stephen Lockhart was indicted for the murder of Lord Darnley. Today’s house is comfortable and commodious while the original three storey tower is largely unused, except for storage.

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle

Added: 03 Feb 2015 Updated: 03 Feb 2015
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