Alternative Names Auchenskeoch Castle; Achinskeauch; Southwick Water; Auchenskeoch Castle Farm
Site Type CASTLE
Canmore ID 65389
Site Number NX95NW 2
NGR NX 91742 58873
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish COLVEND AND SOUTHWICK
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District STEWARTRY
Former County KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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|Notes and Activities|
NX95NE 2 91742 58873
(NX 9174 5887) Castle Farm on site of Auchenskeock Castle (NR)
OS 6" map (1946)
For surrounding farmsteading (Auchenskeoch Castle Farm), see also NX95NW 31.00.
Auchenskeoch Castle: The remains of this castle are situated within the farm-steading of Auchenskeoch. The castle appears to have been on the Z - plan, and to date from the second half of the 16th century.
The remaining portions consist of a circular tower, 10' in diameter, at the NW angle, from which two walls project to the east and south for a distance of about 37'6" respectively. The walls have a uniform thickness of 2'6" throughout, and an average height of about 20'.
The ruin is now enclosed on the south by modern farm-sheds, and is in a neglected state.
RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911
The remains of Auchenskeock Castle (the correct spelling of the name could not be confirmed) are generally as described above, except that the S wall has been demolished. The fabric of the remaining wall and tower is quite sound.
Visited by OS (JTT) 11 August 1965.
|Books and References|
Coventry, M (2001) The castles of Scotland Musselburgh
Page(s): 63 Held at RCAHMS F.5.2.COV
Gifford, J (1996) Dumfries and Galloway, The Buildings of Scotland series London
Page(s): 179 Held at RCAHMS Quick
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.IV page 376 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.MAC