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Montgomerie House

House (Post Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Montgomerie House

Classification House (Post Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Coilsfield Castle; Coilfield House; Montgomerie House Policies

Canmore ID 42715

Site Number NS42NW 15

NGR NS 44456 26499

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NS42NW 15.00 4445 2649

NS42NW 15.01 NS 44263 27021 Montgomerie Policies, Road Bridge (Park Mill Burn))

NS42NW 15.02 NS 44652 26484 Stables

NS42NW 15.03 Centred NS 43996 26249 Walled gardens

See also:

NS42NW 23 NS 44686 26618 Bridge (Water of Fail)

NS42NW 61 NS 43844 26106 Middlemuir Farm

(NS 4445 2649) Montgomerie was built in 1801 on the site of Coilsfield Castle.

(SDD gives date as 1804 and Coilsfield as an alternative name).

OS Name Book 1857; SDD List 1963.

The lands of Coilsfield were given to Melrose Abbey in 1342; after the Reformation it was acquired by Cuninghame of Caprington, from whom it was purchased by the Hon. Col. J Montgomerie in 1661.

J Paterson 1863

Montgomerie was gutted by fire in April 1969 and subsequently entirely demolished. Coilsfield is shown as a large house within extensive parkland on Armstrong's (1775) map, and is in the same, approximate, position.

Visited by OS (JRL), 19 November 1980.

Architecture Notes


Gutted by fire April 1969. Remains of house & stables demolished July 1969

Article Country Life Feb 20th 1964 states that furniture at Longnor Hall, Shropshire may have been

made for Montgomerie.

Architect: John Paterson 1804

Architect: 42 Newmarket Street. 1880. Part of Basement, Plan, survey nd.

" " " 1886. Adds & alts to stables.

" " " " New gatelodge.

Plans: at Darley Hay Partnership, Ayr.


Scottish Record Office

THe Old house of Coilsfield.

Request for payment for taking it down from William McEwan.

1812 GD3/E56/4129/24

Stables - John Paterson.

1804 GD3/E59/4141

Repair of the Cascade behind Coilsfield House.

1810 GD3/E56/4129

Mason, wright, plaster, slater and plumber work for Coilfield House. Detailed

measurement and an abstract of accounts amounting to about #6000.

Mason: William McEwan. Plasterer: Robert Dempster.

Wrights: John Ferrier and Matthew Morison.

1805 GD3/E56/4129

The new buildings at Coilsfield House.

John Ferrier, wright, in the measurement of work done, divides the building

into Main House, West Wing, Winford, Orangery and Mains.

1805 GD3/E56/4129

(Undated information in NMRS.


Photographic Survey (1952 - 1953)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1952-3.

Field Visit (April 1985)

Coilsfield NS 4445 2649 NS42NW 15

There are no visible remains of Coilsfield Castle (on record in the late 17th century) which probably stood on the site subsequently occupied by Montgomerie House (built in 1798 and demolished in 1969), 900m SE of Tarbolton.

RCAHMS 1985, visited April 1985.

(Armstrong 1775; Name Book, Ayrshire, No. 62, p. 45; Paterson 1863-6, i, 764; Macfarlane 1906-8, i, 411; Davis 1984, 24).


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