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Castles in their past and present state by Brian McGarrigle

This section shows what a Castle or Tower House looked like when photography was in its infancy. We also show what it looks like in its present state. Thankfully not all are in a sorry state as some fantastic historic buildings have been restored or consolidated. Hopefully we can show potential restorers that there are still many historic building capable of being saved. Sadly, it's too late for some.


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NIDDRIE HOUSE

Niddrie House (Lothian) Past & Lost

Niddrie stood some 3 miles south-east from the GPO in Edinburgh. It was a 'stately widespread structure, greatly altered and added to in the course of time'.

Date posted: 24 Jan 2014
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GILKERSCLEUCH

Gilkerscleuch (Lanark) Past & Present

Gilkerscleuch stood among the hills near to Crawfordjohn in rural Lanarkshire and was a building of some beauty.

Date posted: 24 Jan 2014
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CRAIGHALL CASTLE

Craighall Castle (Fife) Past & Lost

Craighall Castle was situated near to the town of Cupar in Fife. It was a multi period building. The early tower house was built by Sir Thomas Hope in 1637.

Date posted: 06 Jan 2014
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ARDMILLAN CASTLE

Ardmillan Castle (Ayr) Past & Lost

Ardmillan Castle was a notable landmark on a hill overlooking the Irish Sea 3 miles south of the harbour town of Girvan.

Date posted: 05 Jan 2014
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MONKLANDS HOUSE

Monklands House (Lanark) Past & Lost

Monklands House lay in a glen below Monkland's Bridge in Airdrie. This splendid Renaissance Palace was built by Sir James Clelland of Monklands and was surrounded by gardens and policy woodlands.

Date posted: 23 Dec 2013
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TOWIE CASTLE

Towie Castle (Aberdeen) Past & Lost

Towie Castle stood on the banks of the River Don, near the parish church of Towie.

Date posted: 23 Dec 2013
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OCHILTREE HOUSE

Ochiltree House (Ayr) Past & Lost

Ochiltree House stood in the village of that name in Ayrshire. It is not to be confused with the Ochiltree in Lothian. It was a plain building, 3 storeys high with crow stepped gables and a slate roof.

Date posted: 19 Dec 2013
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HERBERTSHIRE CASTLE

Herbertshire Castle (Stirling) Past & Lost

This great L-plan tower house stood on elevated ground above the River Carron at Dunipace and formed a landmark for miles around. It appears to have dated from the 16th century.

Date posted: 19 Dec 2013
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STENHOUSE CASTLE

Stenhouse (Stirling) Past & Lost

Stenhouse was a most attractive tower house stood just outside the town of Stenhousemuir. Though at first sight it appears to be the one building the part to the right was built in 1836.

Date posted: 12 Dec 2013
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ALDBAR CASTLE

Aldbar Castle (Angus) Past & Lost

This Category B Listed building stood some 2 miles west of the town of Brechin. It was a massive tower house of 1540 built by Sir Thomas Lyon and reckoned a place of some strength.

Date posted: 12 Dec 2013
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