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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 703223

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NS47SW 7.00 43745 73537

(NS 4373 7351) Dunglass Castle (NR)

OS 6" map (1938)

Dunglass Castle (restored) [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, April 2009.

NS47SW 7.01 NS 43770 73531 Obelisk (Monument to Henry Bell)

NS47SW 7.02 NS 43764 73496 Doocot

Dunglass Castle is now fragmentary having been despoiled upon an order by the Commissioners of Supply in 1735 to use it as a quarry for repairing the quay. The castle, of the period 1400-1542 and courtyard plan now consists of the remains of a high wall enclosing the top of the cliff and mixed in parts with modern work. Of this wall the major portions are in the south and west walls against which buildings were formerly erected. Near the west end of, and outside the south wall is a small landing place appearing to have been protected by a hoarding - some corbels for which still remain. At the NW corner of the enclosure is a dwelling house, partly old, possibly circa 1590, but mostly modern - the interior is wholly so.

The round tower is probably 17th century and appears to have been a pigeon house.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889

The remains of Dunglass Castle are as described above. The walls remain to approximately 7-8 metres high but the portion of the south wall from the ruined outhouse to the dovecot - from NS 4374 7349 to NS 4376 7349 - fell into the river circa 1910 - 20 and has been rebuilt. The conical dovecot still stands.

Visited by OS (JHO) 26 April 1951.

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