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Castle Semple

Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Castle Semple

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Castle Semple, Former Mansion House; Low Semple Holdings; Castle Semple Policies

Canmore ID 42330

Site Number NS36SE 9

NGR NS 37734 60099

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Renfrewshire
  • Parish Lochwinnoch
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Renfrew
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS36SE 9.00 37734 60099

(NS 3773 6009) Castle Semple (NAT)

OS 6" map (1969)

NS36SE 9.01 NS 37860 60494 Farmhouse (No 11 Holding)

NS36SE 9.02 NS 3852 6041 Temple (Folly)

NS36SE 9.03 NS 37815 60567 Long Barn (Stable Block)

NS36SE 9.04 NS 36490 60461 Warlock Gates

NS36SE 9.05 NS 37932 60451 Walled Garden

NS36SE 9.06 NS 38134 60032 Fancy Bridge

NS36SE 9.07 NS 3939 6069 East Lodge and Gates

NS36SE 9.08 NS 38253 60959 North Gates

NS36SE 9.09 NS 37656 60376 Well

NS36SE 9.10 NS 37377 60120 Upper Cascade

NS36SE 9.11 NS 37518 60147 Middle Cascade

NS36SE 9.12 NS 37612 60165 Lower Cascade

NS36SE 9.13 NS c. 3740 6011 Cave

NS36SE 9.14 NS 3823 6019 Laundry

NS36SE 9.15 NS 3850 6017 'East Approach' road

NS36SE 9.16 NS 37428 60111 Ice House (Courtshaw Wood)

See also:

NS35NW 60 NS 34428 59915 Laigh Linthills (farmstead)

NS35NW 61 NS 34762 58991 Lochwinnoch, Burnfoot [Term pending]

NS35NE 5 NS 3617 5876 Castle Semple Loch, Peel Tower (The Peel)

NS35NE 37 NS 3890 5987 East Gavin (Elliston) sawmill

NS35NE 51 NS 3910 5855 Bowfield farmstead [MOLRS]

NS35NE 62 NS 37442 59102 Risk farmstead

NS35NE 63 NS 35034 59979 Calderbank [Term pending]

NS35NE 64 NS 3897 5941 Linnister (farmstead)

NS35NE 65 NS 37977 58971 West Gavin (farmstead)

NS35NE 66 NS c. 358 581 Lochall (farmstead)

NS35NE 67 NS 36692 59553 Railway Bridge (Blackditch Burn)

NS35NE 68 NS 35933 59242 West Lodge and Gates

NS35NE 154 NS 3694 5950 Limekiln (Castle Semple Policies)

NS36SE 10 NS 3755 6010 Collegiate Church

NS36SE 22 NS 39338 60129 Elliston farmhouse

NS36SE 37 NS 39470 60665 Garthland Bridge (Howwood)

NS36SE 42 NS 3592 6010 Gateside farmstead [MOLRS]

NS36SE 56 NS 39918 61858 Kibbleston (farmstead)

NS36SE 57 NS 39801 61023 Thirdpart Hall (farmstead)

NS36SE 58 NS 39318 61104 Drygate (farmstead)

NS36SE 59 NS 36471 60808 West Mitchelton (farmstead)

NS36SE 60 NS 37008 61225 East Mitchelton (farmstead)

NS36SE 61 NS 37529 61515 Clochodrick (farmstead)

NS36SE 62 NS 38107 61218 Crossflat (farmstead)

NS36SE 63 NS 37847 61101 Burnfoot (farmstead)

NS36SE 64 NS 36199 62034 Hill of Barnaigh (farmstead)

NS36SE 65 NS 36032 61850 How Barnaigh (farmstead)

NS36SE 66 NS 35112 60750 Balgreen (farmstead)

NS36SE 67 NS 36936 61628 Greenside (farmstead)

NS36SE 68 NS 35658 60958 Peockstone (farmstead)

NS36SE 69 NS 38070 60768 Shields Holdings (farmstead)

NS36SE 85 NS 3806 6002 Castle Semple Loch, Stock Bridge

NS36SE 87 NS 3900 6034 Auchendinning Mill

NS46SW 130 NS 40133 61676 Faulds (farmstead)

The mansion house called 'Castle Semple' was built in 1735 on the site of Castle Tower (a misnomer for Castleton, according to local information in 1856), which is described by Crawford in 1710 as consisting of a large court, part of which seemed to be very ancient building (OPS 1851). According to Gardner, Castleton was built in

1492-3 or shirtly after, but Millar states that it was built about 1550, as a successor to Elliston Castle (NS35NE 1). Its foundations were exposed in 1836 when digging drains about Castle Semple (New Statistical Account {NSA} 1845). The mansion was burned down in 1924 and now stands as a ruined shell. The billiard room and stables wing have been re-roofed and are used as farm buildings. Measured drawings are in the NMRS.

Name Book 1856; A Gardner 1885; A H Millar 1889: Third Statistical Account 1962.

NS 378 607. An inscribed slab, of probable 15th-16th century date, was found at 10 Shields Holdings, Castle Semple. It is to be placed in Paisley Museum.

F Newall 1964

When seen in 1955, Castle Semple was a gutted ruin.

Visited by OS (WW) 28 July 1955.

Architecture Notes

NMRS REFERENCE:

OWNER: Department of Agriculture.

Carriage House owned by Mr. W.A. Cliffe.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

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