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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    39515
  • Site type
    TOWER HOUSE
  • Parish
    KILMARTIN
  • Council
    ARGYLL
  • NGR
    NR 83569 99122
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.135575N, 5.484732W
  • Archeological notes
    NR89NW 7 83569 99122 (NR 8357 9912) Kilmartin Castle (NR) (In Ruins) OS 6" map, (1924) Kilmartin Castle, a small late 16th century fortalice, is now roofless and in poor condition. It is of Z-plan consisting of a main block lying N-S with round towers at the NE and SW angles. A small secondary stair-tower also rises part-way along the W front. The walls, which are 3 storeys high, are of local rubble, and contain numerous shot-holes. This castle was the residence of the rector of Kilmartin parish, being later acquired by the Campbells. N Tranter 1970; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-91. As described. Visited by OS (I A) 1 May 1973. As described in the previous information. Surveyed at 1/2500 Visited by OS (T R G) 11 February 1977. A watching brief was carried out while rubble was being cleared from the ground floor in advance of renovation. Work concentrated in the kitchen where the barrel vault had collapsed earlier this century. Particular attention was paid to the fireplace which has a water inlet through the outside wall. Unfortunately all that remains of any internal structure associated with this are several flat stones which may have formed the base of a water container or cistern. There does seem to be a possible occupation layer surviving in the fireplace and through into the kitchen although this has been left for future work and is presumeably protected by a thin layer of rubble. The only finds recovered from the clearance work belong to the 19th and 20th centuries. These consist of pottery, window and bottle glass, clay pipes, two iron sickles and a bone four-hole shirt button. Sponsor: T Clarke (owner) R Will 1991. Descheduled. Information from Historic Scotland, 23 June 2000.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1339969 (1870)
    View of Kilmartin Castle ruined tower house with male figure and cow in foreground, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute. Titled: '181. Kilmartin Castle, Argyll.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 186: J B MACKENZIE ALBUMS vol.1
  • 1339955 (1870)
    View of Kilmartin Castle ruined tower house, wide view, with surrounding gardens at Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute. Titled: '171. Kilmartin Castle, Argyll.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 186: J B MACKENZIE ALBUMS vol.1
  • 1339952 (1870)
    View of Kilmartin Castle ruined tower house with male figure and cow in foreground, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute. Titled: '170. Kilmartin Castle, Argyll.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 186: J B MACKENZIE ALBUMS vol.1
  • 1045825 (27/6/2006)
    General oblique aerial view of the village, centred on the church, churchyard, burial ground and museum with the tower-house and quarry adjacent, taken from the SE.
  • 1045824 (27/6/2006)
    General oblique aerial view of the village, centred on the church, churchyard, burial ground, museum and the remains of the cairn with the tower-house adjacent, taken from the SE.
  • 1045823 (27/6/2006)
    General oblique aerial view of the village, centred on the church, churchyard, burial ground, museum and the remains of the cairn with the tower-house adjacent, taken from the SSW.
  • 1045822 (27/6/2006)
    General oblique aerial view of the village, centred on the church, churchyard, burial ground, museum and the remains of the cairn with the tower-house adjacent, taken from the SW.

PRINT ROOM

  • 39515 (1870)
    View of Kilmartin Castle ruined tower house with male figure and cow in foreground, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute. Titled: '181. Kilmartin Castle, Argyll.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 186: J B MACKENZIE ALBUMS vol.1
  • 39515 (1870)
    View of Kilmartin Castle ruined tower house, wide view, with surrounding gardens at Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute. Titled: '171. Kilmartin Castle, Argyll.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 186: J B MACKENZIE ALBUMS vol.1
  • 39515 (1870)
    View of Kilmartin Castle ruined tower house with male figure and cow in foreground, Kilmartin, Argyll and Bute. Titled: '170. Kilmartin Castle, Argyll.' PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO 186: J B MACKENZIE ALBUMS vol.1
  • 39515 ()
    George Stewart sketches: 'Ruins of the Castle of Kilmartin and Carnasary Castle. Kilmartin July 1873 from window of the inn.' (inscription on reverse)

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1211440 (1950)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from North-East.
  • 1211438 (1950)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South-East.
  • 714932 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South-East.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 39515 (22/6/1983)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. Survey drawing with ground, first and second floor plans, elevations, section and ground floor, South tower gunloop, elevations, section and plan of window in West wall of first floor and armorial surround. Insc: 'Kilmartin Castle'. d: '21/22.6.83'.
  • 39515 (1990)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. Plan showing publication copy of DC24819.
  • 39515 ()
    Detail of mason's mark. RCAHMS Inventory p.294.
  • 39515 (1983)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. Plan showing publication copy of DC24819.
  • 39515 (1983)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. Plan showing publication copy of DC24819.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 39515 (1870)
    Kilmartin Castle. View of castle ruins and surroundings. Modern copy of historic photograph.
  • 39515 (1870)
    From SW.
  • 39515 (1870)
    From SW with man and cow in the foreground.
  • 39515 (1950)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South-East.
  • 39515 (1950)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from North-East.
  • 39515 (1962)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of ruinous interior showing vaulted corridor from North ground floor level.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of window on South-West tower from South.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of water inlet on exterior of North wall.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of ruined interior of West wall of Northern chamber at first floor level.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of ruined interior showing first floor fireplace in Southern chamber.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of ruined interior showing North-East turret at first floor level.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of ruined interior showing South wall of Southern chamber on first floor level.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. View of entrance.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South-East.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from North-East.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from WNW.
  • 39515 (1986)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South.
  • 39515 (1973)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. General view from South-West.
  • 39515 (1930)
    View of castle.
  • 39515 (1977)
    Kilmartin & Kilmartin Castle. Oblique aerial view from South-East.
  • 39515 (1977)
    Kilmartin & Kilmartin Castle. Oblique aerial view from North.
  • 39515 (1984)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. Oblique aerial view from North-West.
  • 39515 (1984)
    Kilmartin, Kilmartin Castle. Oblique aerial view from North.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Argyllshire, Sheet CXLIX1865

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Argyll and Bute, Sheet 149.031865