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Auchinleck, Old House

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Auchinleck, Old House

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Auchinleck House; Place Of Auchinleck; Old House Of Auchinleck; Auchinleck House Policies

Canmore ID 43633

Site Number NS52SW 4

NGR NS 50032 23131

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Auchinleck
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumnock And Doon Valley
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS52SW 4 50031 23131

(NS 5003 2313) Auchinleck Old House (NR) (remains of)

OS 6" map (1967)

For successor and present Auchinleck House (NS 5072 2301) and associated buildings, see NS52SW 16.00.

The Old House or Place of Auchinleck (NSA 1845, J Chrystal) was built in the early 17th century (J Paterson 1863) as a successor to Auchinleck Castle (NS42SE 2), and was itself replaced about 1760 by the present Auchinleck House (at NS 5072 2301 - see NS52SW 16). Now ruinous, it has evidently been L-shaped on plan, with a tower in the re-entrant angle. It was surrounded by a high wall.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; SDD List 1963

This building, now in ruins, has walls built of roughly squared local red sandstone, standing to a height of 6.0m in places. Two barrel-vaulted apartments remain entire on the ground floor. The whole is overgrown with trees and ivy.

Visited by OS (JFC) 21 June 1954

The overgrown and decaying ruins are as described.

Visited by OS (MJF) 10 November 1980


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