Alternative Names Cardonness Castle
Site Type TOWER HOUSE
Canmore ID 63632
Site Number NX55NE 11
NGR NX 59059 55274
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District STEWARTRY
Former County KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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|Notes and Activities|
NX55NE 11.00 59059 55274
(NX 5904 5527) Cardoness Castle (NR) (In ruins)
OS 6" map (1957).
NX55NE 11.01 NS 59101 55341 Cardoness Castle Cottage
Not to be confused with Cardoness (House), at NX 56643 53608, for which see NX55SE 8.00.
Massive, well built tower of 15th century, with interesting features.
Now in possession of Ministry of Works and Buildings (c.1975).
(Undated) information in NMRS.
Cardoness Castle, a 15th century tower, oblong on plan, measuring 43' by 32' over 8' thick walls. Though roofless, it is practically complete, being c 53' from the ground to wall-head, divided into 4 storeys and attics. There is a courtyard to the S with outbuildings.
Cardoness is thought to have come into the McCulloch family in 1450, which may well be the date of the present building, and it remained in their hands till 1697 when Sir Godfrey McCulloch was executed in Edinburgh for the murder of Gordon of Bush o'Bield. It then passed to the Gordons, and then the Maxwells, and is now maintained by the Ministry of Works.
RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; V G Childe and W D Simpson 1954; N Tranter 1965.
Cardoness Castle, as described above; excellent condition.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 10 July 1970
(Site is Listed under Gatehouse of Fleet Burgh).
G Stell 1986.
Scheduled as Cardoness Castle.
Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 20 June 2002.
|Books and References|
Breeze, D J (2002) People and places: the men, women and places that made Scottish history, Edinburgh
Page(s): 100-1 Held at RCAHMS C.3.5.BRE
Childe and Simpson, V G and W D (1954) Illustrated guide to ancient monuments in the ownership or guardianship of The Ministry of Works: volume vi: Scotland, Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.6, 95 Held at RCAHMS D.20.ANC.R
Grove, D (2003) Cardoness Castle and Carsluith Castle: the official souvenir guide, Edinburgh
Held at RCAHMS D.3.23.CAR.P