Auchenbathie Tower

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Alternative Names Barcraig Castle
Canmore ID 42119
Site Number NS35NE 10
NGR NS 3980 5646
Former District RENFREW
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS35NE 10 3980 5646.

(NS 3980 5646) Auchenbathie Tower (NR) (remains of)
OS 6" map (1969)

Auchenbathie Tower measures 29ft by 10ft to 12ft, but it is probable that only part of the side walls, remains; it stands to a maximum height of 17ft. A small building within the old walls is used as an outhouse for cattle (NSA 1845). It was owned y the Wallaces of Elderslie in 1398 (Paisley Directory).
The walls are continous though not in many places more than 4ft to 5ft high; a small portion of the wall has been removed from the side next to the farmhouse; the outhouse mentioned in the NSA has been partly removed.
Name Book 1856

The building is ruinous and of very irregular form. The S wall has modern brickwork built into it. No further information was obtained during field investigation.
Visited by OS (JHO) 7 March 1951

The old walls are still clearly seen, standing to a height of about 1 1/2ft.
Visited by OS Reviser (OK) 21 April 1966.

21 January 2014

Notes Not to be confused with Tower farmstead NS35NE 165.
Information from RCAHMS (HDS) 21 January 2014

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Books and References

Coventry, M (2001) The castles of Scotland Musselburgh
Page(s): 61-62 Held at RCAHMS F.5.2.COV

NSA (1834-1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.7 (Renfrew), 95 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Book No.16, 157 Held at RCAHMS Ref

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