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Brigend Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Ayr West, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4246 / 55°25'28"N

Longitude: -4.6343 / 4°38'3"W

OS Eastings: 233388

OS Northings: 617683

OS Grid: NS333176

Mapcode National: GBR 49.078B

Mapcode Global: WH2PW.SXD8

Entry Name: Brigend Castle

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5268

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Maybole

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the late medieval remains of Bridgend (also known as Doonside) Castle.

All that survives is a small ruinous square tower of three storeys. The building is located on the S bank of the River Doon 200m upriver from the Old Bridge of Doon. The structure is rectangular on plan and has external dimensions of 7.3m NE-SW by 6m over walls 0.8m thick and between 3 and 8m high. The masonry is random rubble with free-stone dressings. The vaulting in the basement is intact. The first floor contains one large window in the NW wall. The second floor has a window in the NE wall. There are two opposed niches 1m from floor level close to the NE end. There is a recess in the NE wall running the height of the building which may have held a fireplace. The

basement has two slit windows, one in the E and one in the N wall.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular extending 2m from the exterior walls and measuring a maximum of 11.3m NE-SW by 10m to include the tower, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a structure of medieval date which provides evidence of and has the potential to provide further evidence, through excavation, for defensive architecture and material culture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS31NW 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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