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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NW 99390 62485
199390, 562485


1820 (dated). Circular tower. Rubble. Tapered up to rubble string course. Crenellated parapet; coped between merlons. Sandstone panel to W below band course; inscribed "Built by John 26th Lord Kingsale August 1820".

Statement of Special Interest

Kinsale Tower is very overgrown. The tower is marked on the OS Map of 1847 as "Craighead Tower", taking its name from the hill upon which it is situated; it is marked on the OS Map of 1894 as "Kinsale Tower". Donnachie and Stewart suggest that Kinsale Tower was possibly a windmill before serving as a lookout tower, although Hume and Douglas et al consider that it was built as a lookout tower. The tower was

apparently built by John, 26th Lord Kingsale, whose daughter Martha de Courcy married Andrew Agnew, son of the 6th Bart., in 1792. It is possible that the tower was just built as a family monument.

See separate listings for Lochnaw: Boathouse; Bridge; Lochnaw Castle; Garden House; Kathleen Cottage (former Garchrie Lodge) and Gatepiers; Larbrax Lodge; Noel Lodge; Old Lochnaw Castle; Walled Garden.



OS Map 1849, Wigtownshire, Sheet 15 (surveyed 1847-48). P H M'Kerlie HISTORY OF THE LANDS AND THEIR OWNERS IN GALLOWAY Vol I (1870) p112. A Agnew THE HEREDITARY SHERIFFS OF GALLOWAY (1893) Vol II, pp392-396, 432. OS Map 1896, Wigtownshire, Sheet XI SW (surveyed 1892-93).

I L Donnachie and N K Stewart "Scottish Windmills - An Outline and Inventory" PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND Vol XCVIII, 1964-1966, p293. J Hume "Scottish Windmills: A Preservation

Policy" VERNACULAR BUILDING 5 (1979) p39. G Douglas, M Oglethorpe and J R Hume SCOTTISH WINDMILLS (1984) ppIII, 4, 10, 44-45, 46, appendix p115. CATALOGUE OF RECORDS. SCOTTISH INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY 1977-85 p15. RCAHMS MS/500/15/55.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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