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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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STIRLING CASTLE GREAT HALL

Stirling Castle Great Hall (Past & Present)

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle was built by James IV around 1503. It served as the focal point for royal celebrations until it fell into disuse in the late 17th century.

Date posted: 12 Mar 2014
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BOTHWELL CASTLE IN HADDINGTON

Bothwell Castle (Lothian) Past & Lost

Bothwell Castle stood in the town of Haddington and was a late 16th/early 17th century building with projecting wings forming a courtyard towards the river and a round tower facing the street.

Date posted: 12 Feb 2014
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JERVISTON TOWER

Jerviston Tower (Lanark) Past & Lost

Jerviston Tower was situated on the banks of the Clyde about one mile north of Motherwell deep in industrial Lanarkshire.

Date posted: 02 Feb 2014
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ELPHINSTONE TOWER

Elphinstone Tower (Gorbals) Past & Lost

Elphinstone stood in the village of Gorbals on the south side of the River Clyde. The Citizen's Theatre now occupies the site.

Date posted: 24 Jan 2014
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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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