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Auchness, Farmhouse

Castle (Medieval), Farmhouse (Period Unassigned), Tower (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Auchness, Farmhouse

Classification Castle (Medieval), Farmhouse (Period Unassigned), Tower (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Auchness Castle; Auchness Farmhouse

Canmore ID 61124

Site Number NX14SW 12

NGR NX 10674 44580

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkmaiden
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NX14SW 12 10674 44580

NX14SW 30 10679 44556 Auchness, Cottage

(NX 1067 4455) Auchness Castle. This small, much altered tower, forming part of a modern farmhouse, is oblong on plan, with harled walls rising to three storeys and a garret, with modern dummy turrets crowning three angles. The roof is steep, the gables crowstepped, and most of the windows have been enlarged. Lower extensions are added to W and S, with a modern porch to the N. Its walls are 3' thick, and the ground floor is ceiled, not vaulted. Both Tranter and the RCAHMS date this to the 16th century, Tranter adding "It is said that Auchness was a jointure house for the adjoining large lairdship of Logan, held by the McDoualls for centuries." Donaldson, however, says that this is an imitation, being built in the baronial style, early in the 19th century.

RCAHMS 1912, visited 1911; N Tranter 1965; A Donaldson 1911

NX 1069 4456: A 16th century tower as described.

Visited by OS (DWR) 25 January 1972


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