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Closeburn Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Closeburn Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 66029

Site Number NX99SW 3

NGR NX 90760 92138

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Closeburn
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NX99SW 3.00 90760 92138

(NX 9075 9212) Closeburn Castle (NR)

OS 6" map (1957)

NX99SW 3.01 NX 90934 91635 South Lodge

NX99SW 3.02 NX 90850 92169 Gatepiers

Closeburn Castle built c. 1390 is oblong on plan with 10' thick walls rising 50' to a parapet with modern crenellations. The square caphouse has also been modernised and most of the windows have been enlarged. This fortalice was a stronghold of the Kirkpatrick family; it is in good repair, with modern extensions, and still occupied. Its site was originally a peninsula at the SE end of what was Closeburn Loch, defended on the landward side by a wide moat cut across the peninsula.

RCAHMS 1920, visited 1912; N Tranter 1965; A E Truckell and J Williams 1967

Closeburn Castle is generally as described. The present owner puts the date of construction at 1180 according to deeds in her possession. It is in good repair and occupied. There is no trace of the moat.

Visited by OS (SFS) 11 June 1975.

Architecture Notes


Architect - Miss I.H.K. Beattie


Scottish Record Office:


Plan of estate of Closeburn including vignette of the castle, 1845

Miss I.H.K. Beattie, architect, Dumfries:

Plans, sections, elevations and photographs

30/6/1789 - Carron Co Invoice, James Stewart Monteith, Stoves.

(Undated) information in NMRS.


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