Scheduled Monument

Kenmure CastleSM7743

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Secular: castle; mound (unallocated to other category)
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 63538 76412
263538, 576412


The monument comprises the derelict harled remains of the 16th- and 17th-century courtyard house of the Gordons of Lochinvar. The building was much altered in the 19th century and partially demolished around 1958. The site, a conical grassy knoll, was probably first artificially strengthened in the early medieval period.

The oldest surviving part of the house is the main portion of the 3-storey W range, the W front of which shows simply moulded window surrounds and gunloops while the E front is decorated with rope-moulded string courses. On the ground floor of the W range, 17th-century tunnel-vaulted stores with round shot holes survive in good condition. Projecting from the end of the E front in the inner angle with the S range stands a sizable octagonal stair tower; a large panel carved with an heraldic achievement is situated above the door. The S range dates largely from the 1840s in its present form although it incorporates re-used work of the early 17th century. The W range's S end was remodelled in 1879 and its N end was added to in 1908.

The area to be scheduled is nearly oval on plan with maximum dimensions of 130m N-S by 100m E-W to include the grassy mound, the substantial ruins and an area around them within which associated remains may be expected to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.



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