Bute, Wester Kames Castle

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Site Type CASTLE (16TH CENTURY), TOWER HOUSE (19-20TH CENTURY)
Canmore ID 40298
Site Number NS06NE 1
NGR NS 06169 68062
Council ARGYLL AND BUTE
Parish NORTH BUTE
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County BUTESHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Small Z-plan tower, C17th, but much restored from ground floor up by architect Robert Weir Schulz for the Marquis of Bute, 1897-1900. A small line of tiles indicates the old from the new.
RCAHMS (CAJS) 2012.


Architectural Notes

NMRS REFERENCE:
Wester Kames Castle.

Owner: Marquis of Bute. Occupied by tenants.
Restored or Rebuilt 1900.

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Archaeological Notes

NS06NE 1 06169 68062

(NS 0617 6805) Wester Kames Castle (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)

Wester Kames Castle, of late 16th century date, is oblong on plan, 25ft by 21ft. It was long ruinous, but underwent a major restoration in 1905, so that the upper storeys are modern though they probably represent the original appearance. It stands four storeys high, with a circular stair tower projecting to the NW, one storey higher, where it is corbelled out to form a gabled watch-chamber. The windows, where original, have simple roll-mouldings and are small. There are a number of shot-holes.
N Tranter 1970; I S Munro 1973

Wester Kames Castle (name verified) has been much restored and is now in use as a private residence. It is 11.5m NW-SE by 6.5m with a stair and watch tower (as described by Tranter) on the NW angle. There are doorways in the NW and SE sides. The pre-1905 building line is denoted by a line of thin red bricks (D Marshall, Kames Garden Cottage, Port Bannatyne).
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (TRG) 24 November 1976


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1895
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1899
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23 July 1904
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1905
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29 May 1943
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1952
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1970
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1973
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25 June 1976
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Notes Wester Kames Castle, of late 16th century date, is oblong on plan, 25ft by 21ft. It was long ruinous, but underwent a major restoration in 1905, so that the upper storeys are modern though they probably represent the original appearance. It stands four storeys high, with a circular stair tower projecting to the NW, one storey higher, where it is corbelled out to form a gabled watch-chamber. The windows, where original, have simple roll-mouldings and are small. There are a number of shot-holes.
Information from OS (IF) 25 June 1976
N Tranter 1970; I S Munro 1973

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24 November 1976
 FIELD VISIT

Notes Wester Kames Castle (name verified) has been much restored and is now in use as a private residence. It is 11.5m NW-SE by 6.5m with a stair and watch tower (as described by Tranter) on the NW angle. There are doorways in the NW and SE sides. The pre-1905 building line is denoted by a line of thin red bricks (D Marshall, Kames Garden Cottage, Port Bannatyne).
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (TRG) 24 November 1976

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9 May 2006
 PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY

Notes Photographed by the Listed Buildings Area Survey, Argyll upgrade programme.
RCAHMS (CAJS) 2012.

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6 October 2009
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Project 2009 RCAHMS Aerial Survey

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Books and References

Anonymous (Early c19) Plan of the estate of Kames (NAS, RHP14262)

Geddes and Hale, G F and A G C (2010) RCAHMS: The Archaeological Landscape of Bute, Edinburgh

Knox, J (1817) Reduced plan of the estate of Kames, the property of the Hon. Lord Bannatyne. Reduced by Thomas Mitchell 1870. Copy held at the National Archive of Scotland (RHP14629), original at Mount Stuart Archive, Bute.

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