Port Castle

Castle, Enclosure

Site Name Port Castle

Classification Castle, Enclosure

Canmore ID 63131

Site Number NX43NW 7

NGR NX 4270 3580

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Glasserton
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

4270 3580.

(NX 4263 3583) Port Castle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1957)

The ruins of Port Castle occupy a strong position on a rocky promontory. The remains of the enclosing walls follow the shape of the peninsula, while the fourth side, built across the neck, completes a rough rectangle, 70' N-S by 85' transversely over 4' thick walls. At the NE angle the outer walls are reduced almost to ground level, but slight indications remains of a rectangular building formed within the angle. Near the centre of the N wall is a rough opening, possibly originally the main entrance. The N wall curves to meet the W wall, which stands 5' high. What seem to be a modern wall lies parallel to the W wall, forming an enclosure. The whole building is ruinous and featureless, which makes dating impossible.

RCAHMS 1912, visited 1911

Generally as described. In NW angle are the footings of a rectangular building measuring internally 5.2m by 4.2m with no entrance in its NE side. The remains do not constitute a castle, merely a walled enclosure, with two small buildings (of uncertain date) in opposing angles.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (DWR) 18 January 1973

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