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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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BUCKHOLM TOWER PT 1

Buckholm Tower Part 1 (Roxburgh) Past & Present

Buckholm stands high on the slopes outside the border town of Galashiels. In 1547 Buckholm was 'treasonably held for the English' but by 1582 it was in the possession of John Pringle.

Date posted: 17 Sep 2012
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BUCKHOLM TOWER PT2

Buckholm Tower Part 2 (Roxburgh) Past & Present

This fine tower house of the 16th century stands upon the hillside above the town of Galashiels. A century ago it was intact but since then it has sadly ruined.

Date posted: 20 Jun 2013
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BUSBIE CASTLE

Busbie Castle (Ayr) Past & Present

Situated near Kilmarnock Busbie was an unusually handsome tower house with some exceptionally fine detailing.

Date posted: 26 Feb 2013
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CALDWELL TOWER

Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present

Caldwell is a 16th century tower visible for miles high on its hilltop. Its somewhat truncated appearance is due to the fact that it was once part of a larger courtyard castle.

Date posted: 12 Jun 2014
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CARBERRY TOWER

Carberry Tower (Lothian) Past & Present

Carberry is situated some 3 miles from the seaside town of Musselburgh. It dates from many periods but the nucleus is a massively strong tower of the early 16th c with a late 16th c extension.

Date posted: 26 May 2014
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CARNOCK HOUSE

Carnock House (Airth, Stirling) - Past & Present

This is a real find - a real treasure! Carnock House was a mid 16th C elongated tower house with 2 stair turrets on the entrance side.

Date posted: 18 Jan 2012
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CARNOUSIE CASTLE

Carnousie Castle (Banffshire) - Past & Present

Carnousie Castle stands to the NE of Huntly. The house is a perfect example of a Z-plan castle with alternate round and square towers.

Date posted: 27 Mar 2012
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CARNWATH MOTTE

Carnwath Motte (Lanark) - Past & Present

Carnwath Church was built by William de Somerville before 1165 on which date he gifted it to Glasgow.

Date posted: 18 Jan 2012
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CARRICK CASTLE

Carrick Castle (Argyll) - Past & Present

This early 15th century castle is built on a rock jutting into Loch Goil. A stronghold of the Clan Campbell it was bombarded by HMS Kingfisher in 1685 during 'Argyll's Rebellion' resulting in much damage.

Date posted: 08 May 2012
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CARSLUITH TOWER

Carsluith Tower (Kirkcudbright) Past & Present

This delightful little L-plan 16th century tower house is situated overlooking Luce Bay. It is within sight of Barholm Tower high on the hill behind.

Date posted: 27 Nov 2013
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