Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Removed


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 39988 74485
239988, 674485

Removal Reason

The designation of this structure as a listed building will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. It will continue to be recognised as being of national importance through its designation as a scheduled monument.


Mostly 17th or 18th century fortifications on a large, steep, twin-peaked rock; partly enclosed by irregular curtain walls

at south-west and north-east, with gun batteries.

Rubble-built throughout, with ashlar dressings. Entrance at

south: 19th century outer gate. Inner (Classical,

round-arched) gate, triangular-plan King George's battery

with circular sentinel box corbelled over southern angle and

simple, classical 3-storey and attic 3-bay governor's house

all by Captain John Romer, 1735, Military Engineer for

Scotland. Steps behind governor's house lead through rock

cleft and guardhouse (probably 16th century; gun ports,

carved mask stone and 2 18th century windows) and through

pointed narrow archway of portcullis arch (probably 14th

century). Well and 2-storey, 5-bay French prison (latter

built between 1750-1775) at head of cleft, and ruins of 1617

Wallace tower which formerly guarded north entrance. Site of

Mediaeval White Tower and modern view indicator on western

summit (White Tower Crag); 1748 magazine by William Skinner

on eastern summit (The Beak) beside 1735 sentinel box (also

by Romer) on eastern curtain wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship monument. Anciently Al Cluith. Scheduled Ancient Monument No 90107.

Dumbarton Castle has a longer record history as a stronghold

than any other place in Britain (first noted circa 440-460

AD) Formerly the centre of the ancient kingdom of

Strathclyde, and later, an important mediaeval royal castle.

Reports on excavations 1974-<> by Leslie Alcock published in

PSAS and Glasgow Archaeological Review.



MacPhail, DUMBARTON CASTLE, 1979 (includes a good



Various records and drawings held in SRO, NLS and SNMR

Historic Environment Scotland Properties

Dumbarton Castle

Find out more

Related Designations

  1. Dumbarton CastleSM90107

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

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.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to DUMBARTON CASTLE

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 18/02/2019 00:22