Earlstoun Castle

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Earlstoun Castle is a tower house near the Scottish village of St John's Town of Dalry in the Council Area Dumfries and Galloway . In 1971 the structure was included in the Scottish monument lists in the highest monument category A.


The Tower House was built in the late 16th or early 17th centuries. A two-story extension was added in 1655, but it was demolished around 1850. Earlstoun Castle is isolated about three kilometers north of St John's Town of Dalry near the left bank of the Water of Ken between the reservoirs Carsfad Loch and Earlstoun Loch . The three-story building has an L-shaped floor plan. Its masonry, made of quarry stone from the Grauwacke , is up to 1.2 m thick. Edges are made of natural stone. Since they protrude from the facades, it is assumed that the Tower House was once plastered with Harl .

A flat segment arch closes the entrance portal in the building's interior corner. A stair tower with an internal spiral staircase juts out above it. The elongated windows of the great hall on the first floor were probably enlarged in the middle of the 17th century. An inlaid plate below a window shows the year of construction 1655 and the initials "WG" and "MH" ( William Gordon and Mary Hope ). However, it originally adorned the masonry of the annex, which has since been demolished. Its approach to the main building can still be seen along the facade. A former connecting door on the first floor was closed with masonry. A one-story shed on the south side was added in the 19th century.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. Entry on Earlstoun Castle  in Canmore, the database of Historic Environment Scotland (English)

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Coordinates: 55 ° 7 '52.2 "  N , 4 ° 10' 39.3"  W.