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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Old Luce
NX 22323 59891
222323, 559891

Removal Reason

Dual designation


Circa 1680. Ruined castle. Originally symmetrical plan, with central block and 2 square flanking towers; apparently 4-storey and attic. Rubble. Remains of S tower, complete to wallhead; window to each floor to gabled S elevation; fireplace to each floor to SW angle. Rounded tower adjoined to E, formerly containing a turnpike stair, situated in former re-entrant angle of tower and central block. Fragmentary remains of W wall of central block. Fragmentary remains of S and W walls of N tower.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. Carscreugh Castle was built by Sir James Dalrymple, first Lord Stair. The family apparently removed to Inch on the death of Lord Stair in 1695 and Carscreugh Castle fell into disrepair. Carscreugh Castle was the home of Janet Dalrymple, Lord Stair's daughter, whose marriage formed the subject of Sir Walter Scott's "The Bridge of Lammermoor"; Janet was the prototype of Lucy Ashton.

The Cottages to the north-west of Carscreugh Castle are listed separately.



S R O RHP 4602/1 "A Plan of the Earl of Stair's estate lying in the parish of Glenluce" (1793), includes vignette of "Cascreugh House". NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT Vol IV (1845) Wigton, pp 69-70. P H M'Kerlie HISTORY OF THE LANDS AND THEIR OWNERS IN GALLOWAY Vol I (1870)

pp 198-200, Vol II (1877) pp 233-234. D MacGibbon and T Ross THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND Vol IV (1892)


pp 104-107, 159. F H Groome (ed) ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND (1895) Vol I, p 244, Vol III, p191. M M Harper RAMBLES IN GALLOWAY (1896)

p 350. RCAHMS INVENTORY Wigtown (1912) pp 110-111. J M Rusk HISTORY OF THE PARISH AND ABBEY OF GLEN LUCE (1930) pp 115-116, 143.

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