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KILBIRNIE CASTLE OR PLACELB7530

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
14/04/1971
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
Parish
Kilbirnie
NGR
NS 30357 54113
Coordinates
230357, 654113

Description

Late 15th century rectangular-plan tower house with block

added at right angles in 1627. Rubble-built with ashlar

dressings. Tower originally had 4 storeys with 2 vaulted

floors; entrance by basement door in north east angle,

circular mural stair originally at same corner, but now

barely distinguishable. Long rectangular-plan addition

connected by round stair tower to south-east corner of tower

block: addition has central entrance under round-headed arch

and had corbelled angle towers; some corbelling remains, and

only wall over door stands above level of ground floor.

Destroyed by fire in 1757. Some garden walls to south.

Approached from south east by broad tree-lined avenue.

Statement of Special Interest

Built probably by Malcolm Crawford, the first of the

Crawfords of Kilbirnie; extension by John Crawford of

Kilbirnie.

References

Bibliography

MacGibbon & Ross "C & D Architecture" Vol I, p. 390-395

1887-92

Pont "Cunninghame" 1876 p.230-233 (Illus opp p.232)

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.

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