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Preserving the Past for the Future

Law Castle (West Kilbride) - Past and Present

Law, long a roofless ruin, was restored in recent years to create a property available for let, thus securing its future.

Law past
Law Castle circa. 1900

Dated 1462 its thick walls rise from a vaulted basement through four storeys to a parapet carried on continuous corbelling of a type typical of the west of Scotland.

The entrance is at ground floor level and protected by gunloops of a later date. Above is a panel which would have held the arms of Thomas Boyd, later Earl of Arran. The windows have been barred.

Law present
Law Castle today - restored and with a bright future

The building has been re-harled much to its advantage. You can read more about the history of Law Castle by visiting its website - click here .

Article by SCA member Brian McGarrigle.

Date posted: 19 Nov 2015Last updated: 19 Nov 2015

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Comment by: James Brown on Sun, 20th Nov 2016, 8:35 pmRef id: 114

What does the coat-of-arms above the entrance represent?

Comment by: Brian McGarrigle on Mon, 28th Nov 2016, 4:33 pmRef id: 120

'Arms' recently inserted in empty panel space. This depicts a ducal cornet surmounting a shield quartered: (1) Red Latin Cross on white field: (3) Golden Lion Rampant; (2) a set of scales on a green field and (4) what appears to be a golden thistle on a blue field. Identity unknown.

Comment by: Elizabeth Macleod on Mon, 19th Dec 2016, 10:19 pmRef id: 126

Who would think of whitewashing a 14th Century Castle? North Ayrshire Council. Please correct me if I am mistaken. Please. Sincerely., Elizabeth

Comment by: Brian McGarrigle on Sun, 25th Dec 2016, 7:06 amRef id: 134

Hi Elizabeth firstly, ALL rubble work was harled ie several thin coats of lime mortar to provide a protective coating. Its importance was its flexibility and permeability which allowed the walls to 'breathe'. The 'colour' would depend upon the local mortar and thus vary. However, I agree with you that the 'Dulux' finish to Law is unlikely! Check out the 'ochre' finish to the Great Halll at Stirling arrived at only after much research. Regards Brian

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