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Kilkerran House

Country House (18th Century), Tower House (Medieval)(Possible)

Site Name Kilkerran House

Classification Country House (18th Century), Tower House (Medieval)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Barclanachan

Canmore ID 41576

Site Number NS30SW 7

NGR NS 30464 03051

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Dailly
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS30SW 7 3046 0305.

(NS 3046 0305) Kilkerran (NAT)

OS 25" map (1962)

Kilkerran House: Late 18th century.

SDD List 1963

One of the first mentions of Kilkerran is in 1691 (Kilkerran Estate Office Doc Inf) and the present core of the house dates from this period. It has later classical enlargement by William Adam, and was added to in 1818 and 1873. Of three storeys, it has flanking pavilions, side bowed facades and projecting parallel wings to the rear.

Kilmarnock Museum Arch Index

No 17th century detail is apparent externally, the house largely reflecting Adam's outstanding enlargement.

Visited by OS (JRL) 2 August 1977

Photographed by the RCAHMS in 1977.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Architecture Notes

NS30SW 7.00 NS 30464 03051

NS30SW 7.01 30470 03021 Sundial

NS30SW 11 NS 3046 0290 Ice-House


Architect: William Adam 1744 supplied fireplaces

J Gillespie Graham - additions 1818

David Bryce - billiard room 1855

James Smith c. 1700- attribution

Brown & Wardrop - additions 1873. Stable offices - additions.

I G Lindsay Collection, W/256

Ayrshire Agricultural Report 1811 - 12 engravings


Note (1983)

Kilkerran NS 304 030 NS30SW 7

The late 18th-century mansion of Kilkerran is said to stand upon the site of the 'tower' of 'Barclanachan'.


(Name Book, Ayr, No. 19, p. 32; Paterson 1863-6, ii, 209).


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