Scheduled Monument

Auchencloigh CastleSM5393

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
21/05/1992
Supplementary Information Updated
13/04/2021
Type
Secular: castle; tower; town wall
Local Authority
East Ayrshire
Parish
Ochiltree
NGR
NS 49452 16664
Coordinates
249452, 616664

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a medieval tower house situated 100m E of Auchencloigh Farm.

The fragmentary remains consist of several massive sections of lime- bonded whinstone rubble walling. The building appears to have been rectangular and of considerable strength. It has external measurements of 12m N-S by 10.5m E-W over walls 1.4m thick. The walls vary in height from 0.6 to 1.5m. The remains are heavily overgrown with scrub and a drystone sheepfold has been built into the SW side.

The area to be scheduled is square with sides measuring 40m, centred on the castle, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a site of considerable archaeological significance. It preserves evidence of, and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation for, defensive architecture, domestic occupation and social organisation during the medieval period.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NS41NE 1.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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