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Killaser Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Killaser Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Killasser, Killasor, Killaster, Cairnhandy

Canmore ID 40205

Site Number NX04NE 7

NGR NX 09643 45087

NGR Description Centre

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NX04NE 7 0964 4509.

(NX 0964 4509) Killaser Castle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1957)

The ruins of Killaser Castle rise from a mound measuring 65' N-S by 63' transversely, formed from the debris of fallen masonry. The Castle was originally a square keep measuring overall about 31' N-S by 28'9" transversely, of which only a portion of the N and E walls now remains, and was probably defended on all sides by a ditch of which there is an indication at the S end.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; RCAHMS 1912, visited 1911.

As described above. The walls, 0.7m thick, rise to a maximum height of 3.0m and the springing of the east side of the vaulted ground floor is also visible. There is now no evidence of a ditch. The mound seems entirely composed of fallen masonry.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 8 September 1970

The remains of this tower-house stand within the vestiges of a ditched enclosure in an area of low-lying ground 440m SE of Cairnhandy farmhouse. The rectangular tower (6.5m by 4.8m with a wall up to 2.1m thick) has been reduced to its lowest courses, but enough survives to indicate the presence of a vaulted ground floor, a mural passage and the possible provision for a stair or latrine at the NE angle.

In 1684 Killaser was listed amongst the principle houses in the district, although Symson (in Macfarlane) erroneously states that it stood 1/2 mile E of Ardwell (NX14NW 14).

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1896-7; P H M'Kerlie 1906; RCAHMS 1912; RCAHMS 1985, visited June 1984.


Note (10 December 2021)

The location, classification and period of this site have been reviewed.


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