Auchinvole Castle

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Alternative Names Auchinvole House; Auchenvole House
Site Type COUNTRY HOUSE, TOWER HOUSE
Canmore ID 45880
Site Number NS77NW 15
NGR NS 7138 7690
Council EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE
Parish KIRKINTILLOCH (STRATHKELVIN)
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District STRATHKELVIN
Former County DUNBARTONSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

NMRS REFERENCE:

Kirkintilloch, Auchinvole which was Category B Listed was gutted and partly demolished in 1965. Information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS library.

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Archaeological Notes

NS77NW 15 7138 7690.

(NS 7138 7690) Tower (NR)
OS 6" map (1968)

Auchenvole Castle (Tranter) or Auchinvole (MacGibbon and Ross) appears to date from the late 16th or early 17th century, with large modern additions. The original building is rather unusual, an L- planned structure with a very tiny stair-turret above third floor level leading to a small watch-chamber. There is one angle-turret on the NW corner, but otherwise the walls are plain. The ground floor is vaulted. There has been considerable alteration, especially to the SW, where the additions have been erected. The building, though still occupied, is not in a very good condition.
Watson asserts that this building occupies the site of an old castle which had a drawbridge and moat.
N Tranter 1963; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887; T Watson 1894

Auchinvole Castle (Mrs H Alexander, occupier): a Victorian mansion, incorporates a square tower on the E which is in poor structural condition though it has apparently been restored in the past. It is still occupied.
Visited by OS (JLD) 17 February 1954

Auchenvole has been demolished and nothing is visible on the ground.
RCAHMS 1982, visited 1977

 
Books and References

Coventry, M (2001) The castles of Scotland Musselburgh
Page(s): 64 Held at RCAHMS F.5.2.COV

MacGibbon and Ross, D and T (1887-92) The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 5v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.3, 474 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.MAC

RCAHMS (1978b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Clackmannan District and Falkirk District, Central Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 1 Edinburgh
Page(s): 21, No.60 Held at RCAHMS A.1.2.ARC(1)

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