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Balmanno Castle

Moated Site (Medieval), Tower House (16th Century)

Site Name Balmanno Castle

Classification Moated Site (Medieval), Tower House (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Balmanno Castle Policies

Canmore ID 28043

Site Number NO11NW 4

NGR NO 14357 15575

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Dron
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO11NW 4.00 14357 15575

(NO 1436 1557) Balmanno Castle (NR)

(NO 143 155) Moat (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959).

NO11NW 4.01 NO 1433 1552 Farmsteading

NO11NW 4.02 NO 14358 15559 Sundial

For 'Joug Tree' (NO 1442 1559), see NO11NW 1.

For buildings at NO 1437 1514, see NO11NW 107.

An L-shaped moated structure built between 1570 and 1580. The moat is still partially filled with water except on the east side, where it has been partly embanked. The house has been modernised, and is in use as a farmhouse, but is a good example of a 17th century mansion.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92.

Balmanno Castle is as previously described and in use as a residence. The moat was almost completely filled in many years ago (Information from Mr A Bruce, Balmanno Castle) and only two short stretches survive as a shallow ditch on the north and east sides.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (W D J) 5 August 1965.

Balmanno Castle is a private residence. It was not visited during the course of survey.

Information from RCAHMS (JRS), 26 November 1996.

Architecture Notes

Architect: restored by Sir Robert Lorimer 1916-21


Nat. Lib.

Country Life Oct. 1942 photograph before and after restoration

Country Life March 21st & 28th 1931 article and photographs


Plans: I G Lindsay Collection, W/385

Plans: Sir Robert Lorimer

PTD 32/10 South elevation 1916

PTD 32/11 West elevation 1916

PTD 32/12 North elevation 1916

PTD 32/13 East elevation 1916

PTD 32/17

PTD 32/18

PTD 32/44 Drawing room furniture plan. 1916

PTD 32/45 Billiard Room furniture plan 1916

PTD 32/46 Hall furniture plan

PTD 32/47 Stonework details contract drawing stairs, pediments, part elevations. pen on linen Jan 1916

PTD 32/48 Plan of ceiling in Bedroom no 3 pencil & blue wash 1 RHC missing

PTD 32/49 Plan and section ceiling bedroom no 7 pencil & blue wash April 1916


design for ceiling decoration, bedroom

Insc: "Balmanno Castle, Perthshire. 1/2" detail of ceiling in bedroom No 4 for Ws Miller Esq Sheet No 92"

pencil & watercolour on tracing mounted on card.



design for ceiling decoration, stair landing

Insc: "Balmanno Castle, Perthshire. Plan of ceiling on stair landing (2nd floor) for Ws Miller Esq Sheet No 100"

pencil & watercolour on tracing, mounted on card.

March 1916

slightly damaged

Dyelines of survey drawings, Robert Lorimer, Feb 1916.

Alterations & additions for Wm S Millar ESQ

DC 15021 Ground Floor Plan

DC 15022 First Floor Plan

DC 15023 Second Floor Plan

DC 15024 Third and Fourth Floor Plan.

DC 15025 South Elevation

DC 15026 West Elevation

DC 15027 North Elevation

DC 15028 East Elevation

DC 15029 South Elevation of new wing.

Contract Drawing ( Ex Coll Stuart Matthew)

signed by contractors Jan 1916

Ceiling design Bedroom 3 Lorimer

Ceiling design Bedroom 7 Lorimer


Photographic Survey (March 1964)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Work in March 1964.


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