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Ayr, Newton Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Ayr, Newton Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Garden Street

Canmore ID 41864

Site Number NS32SW 9

NGR NS 3390 2230

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

NS32SW 9 3390 2230

(NS 3390 2230) Newton Castle (NR) (Site of)

OS 25" map (1961).

Newton Castle formerly stood east of Garden Street. Paterson states that it is impossible to ascertain when it was built, but judging from its structure, i.e.a small square tower, to which larger works had been added, it may date from the 13th-14th century. It was for a long time the seat of the Wallaces of Craigie, until blown down in 1701. Its large dovecot and garden wall are mentioned in 1723. The castle was finally removed in the late 18th century, and 1837 only part of the garden wall remained (plan copied by Paterson from Slezer's View of Ayr in 1693).

J Paterson 1863; W Macfarlane 1906; A I Dunlop 1953; NSA 1845 (J Stevenson)

No traces remain of Newton Castle or its associated buildings and walls; the area is completely built upon. From the illustration, the castle would appear to be of 15th century date (c/f Dundas Castle: NT17NW 6).

Visited by OS (JLD) 27 December 1955

The site is now cleared and is in use as a car park.

Visited by OS (MJF) 27 October 1980.


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