Ardrossan Castle, Ayrshire: a preliminary account

David Caldwell (Author)


Keyword(s):
Vaulted Cellars, Courtyard, Wall, Doorway, Gatehouse, Graveslab, Lintel, Castle
Period(s):
Late 14th Century, 1484

Abstract


NS 232422. The 13th-century castle had a small courtyard entered through a gatehouse with vaulted cellars to one side. The gatehouse was rebuilt, then refloored and the doorway narrowed and eventually blocked to convert it into a tower-house in late 14th century. A new entrance may have been made on the other side of the castle, with keyhole gunports in the wall; 16th-century mouthed gunports were added. A grave-slab was re-used as a lintel to an underground passage leading out to a well. Since the castle is first recorded in 1484, its purpose is considered in terms of local history and the genealogy of the holders of Ardrossan. D F R

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Published
30-11-1972
How to Cite
Caldwell, D. (1972). Ardrossan Castle, Ayrshire: a preliminary account. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 104, 201-221. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/8817
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