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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NW 97353 63241
197353, 563241

Removal Reason

Dual designation


1547-1570. Ruined L-plan tower house. 3-storey and attic. Rubble; some sandstone dressings. Remains of dressed margins to some openings. Crowstepped; crowsteps built of small stones covered over with slate-like slab.

L-plan to S. Doorway to S in re-entrant angle into E jamb; rubble double arch over. Square sandstone plaque inscribed "G A 1547" to E return of re-entrant; relieving arch above. Corbelled bartizan, with 3 small windows, to SW angle. Various window openings. Remains of crowsteps to gables. Turnpike stair in E jamb. Barrel-vaulted chamber at ground floor; narrow windows to N and S; 2 small aumbries at E and

W angles. Single apartment at 1st floor; small turnpike staircase

at SE angle, corbelled out over INTERIOR angle, formerly leading to 2 upper floors; fireplace to E at 1st floor; 2 aumbries to N and 1 to SW.

Rubble wall enclosing ground around castle.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. Galdenoch Castle is said to have been built by Gilbert Agnew, the second son of Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw, sometime between 1547 and 1570. The style of the crowsteps is peculiar to Galloway.



P H M'Kerlie HISTORY OF THE LANDS AND THEIR OWNERS IN GALLOWAY Vol I (1870) pp115-116. D MacGibbon and T Ross THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND Vol III (1889) pp506-507. A Agnew THE HEREDITARY SHERIFFS OF GALLOWAY Vol II (1893) pp164-167. F H Groome (ed) ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND Vol IV (1895) p502. RCAHMS INVENTORY Wigtown (1912) pp67-68. C H Dick HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS IN GALLOWAY AND CARRICK (1916) pp349-350. THIRD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT Vol 14 (1965) pp482-483. C J O'Neill "The Ghost of Galdenoch" THE

SCOTS MAGAZINE August 1984, pp539-541.

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