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Ayr, Castlehill

Castle (Medieval), Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ayr, Castlehill

Classification Castle (Medieval), Country House (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 41723

Site Number NS32SE 3

NGR NS 352 202

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NS32SE 3 352 202.

(NS 3520 2025) Castlehill is a fine old mansion, standing on the hill from which its name is derived. It is traditionally said that a castle stood near this house, but no-one in the neighbourhood can point out the site.

Name Book 1856

Castlehill occupies a very conspicous site, probably that of an ancient British strength, commanding an extensive view.

J Paterson 1863

Castlehill house (shown on map of 1775 (A Armstrong)) demolished in c.1970. General local enquiries and perambulations in the area proved negative.

Visited by OS (JRL) 4 November 1980

Architecture Notes


Architect: J McG Cassells. 1910. Plan showing straightening of road near Castlehill Stables.

J W Lockhart. 1910-11. Cottages for Wm. Wilson.

Plans: at Darley Hay Partnership, Ayr.

Architect: J McG Cassells. 1910. Survey of Gardener's House and Laundry.

Plans: at Darley Hay Partnership, Ayr.

Architect: 14 Cathcart Street. 1901. Property feued to J & D Meikle in 1891.

Plans: at Darley Hay Partnership, Ayr.


Archaeological Evaluation (26 March 2008)

NS 3520 2027 An evaluation was undertaken of a possible barrel-vaulted chamber on 26 March 2008. The work revealed the existence of the lower level of Castlehill House built by David Hamilton in 1804.

Archive: RCAHMS. Report: WoSAS

Funder: South Ayrshire Council

Katie Sludden (Rathmell Archaeology Limited), 2008


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