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Auchencloigh Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Cumnock and New Cumnock, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4207 / 55°25'14"N

Longitude: -4.3802 / 4°22'48"W

OS Eastings: 249447

OS Northings: 616665

OS Grid: NS494166

Mapcode National: GBR 4L.0KT3

Mapcode Global: WH3RB.P0DR

Entry Name: Auchencloigh Castle

Scheduled Date: 21 May 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5393

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Ochiltree

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Cumnock and New Cumnock

Traditional County: Ayrshire


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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS41NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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