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Caprington Castle

Castle (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Caprington Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 42795

Site Number NS43NW 21

NGR NS 40775 36251

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Riccarton
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kilmarnock And Loudoun
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS43NW 21.00 40775 36251

(NS 4077 3623) Caprington Castle (NR) (restored)

OS 6" map (1970)

NS43NW 21.01 40958 35987 Gardener's Cottage

NS43NW 21.02 40516 36018 West Lodge

NS43NW 21.03 40645 36188 Stables

NS43NW 21.04 41018 36034 Walled Garden

NS43NW 40.00 4039 3619 Caprington Mains Farm

Caprington Castle is a battlemented mansion erected about 1820 by Sir William Cuninghame, who gave it all its present essential features, but embodying a great deal of an earlier fortress, of which original drawings exist in the possession of the owner, dated 1797. The walls of the dining room correspond with the original keep, and the original turnpike stair is still extant.

SDD List 1963.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892

The tower which forms the SW part of Caprington Castle is said to be of 15th century date, with 17th-18th and 19th century alterations. The whole has been completely restored and modernised, losing its original character (Col. W W S Cuninghame, owner).

Visited by OS (JLD) 3 October 1962

No change to the previous report; the castle is still the private residence of the Cuninghame family.

Visited by OS (JRL) 3 July 1982.

Architecture Notes

NS43NW 21.00 40775 36251


Owner: Colonel Cunninghame


Plans: Colonel Cunninghame has drawings dated 1797 which are those published in M & R Dom Arch.

Vignette on map by William Crawford May 1778 in possesion of Colonel Cunninghame. Seen 12/5/85

Patrick Wilson

Caprington Castle (near Kilmarnock). Additions

advertisement for tenders 1829

(Edinburgh Evening Courant, April 30, 1829)

Photographed on behalf of the Buildings of Scotland series (2009).


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