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Galston, Barr Castle

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    LOCKHART TOWER; BARR TOWER
  • Canmore ID
    43679
  • Site type
    TOWER HOUSE
  • Parish
    GALSTON
  • Council
    AYRSHIRE
  • NGR
    NS 50155 36441
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.598457N, 4.379741W
  • Archeological notes
    NS53NW 1 50155 36441 (NS 50153644) Barr Castle (NR) OS 6" map (1967) Barr Tower, also called Lockhart Tower from the name of the former proprietor, Lockhart of Barr, stands on a rock in the middle of Galston. It measures about 48ft by 35ft over walls some 7ft thick. The entrance is at first floor level. Built in the period 1400-1542, it has been much modernised and has entirely lost its original character. It is now used as a wool store. D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889. Barr Castle, a 15th century keep, is generally as described. It has been re-roofed but retains the lower part of a parapet with angle-turrets. A small modern porch has been attached to the SE angle. Visited by OS (JLD), 18 May 1976. Barr Castle (the accepted local name and that published on the latest OS 25" plan) is as described and in fair condition; it is not occupied. A marble plaque above the SW doorway states "The Scottish reformers George Wishart and John Knox preached in this place - AD 1545 and 1556 respectively". When and in what circumstances this plaque was erected was not established. Visited by OS (JRL) 30 July 1982.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1156361 (1900)
    Plans, sections and elevations.
  • 1130650 (29/10/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the castle, taken from the S.
  • 1130649 (29/10/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the castle, taken from the SW.
  • 1130648 (29/10/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the castle, taken from the SW.
  • 1130647 (29/10/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the castle, taken from the W.
  • 1130646 (29/10/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the castle, taken from the NNE.
  • 1130645 (29/10/2008)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the castle, taken from the NNE.

PRINT ROOM

  • 43679 ()
    The Barr Castle Galston. Ground floor, principal floor and upper floor plan. Section on AB looking north. N elevation.
  • 43679 (1900)
    Plans, sections and elevations.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the SW.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the WNW.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church, Barr Castle and Portland Lace Factory, taken from the WSW.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the W.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Barr Castle and Bentinck Street Church, taken from the W.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the ENE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the NE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the ENE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the E.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the E.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Bentinck Street Church and Barr Castle, taken from the ESE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Barr Castle, taken from the SE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Galston road bridge, Church Lane Lace Mill, Barr Castle, and Bentinck Street Church, taken from NNE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Galston road bridge, Church Lane Lace Mill, Barrmill Road Lace Factory, Barr Castle, and Bentinck Street Church, taken from NNE.
  • 43679 (30/5/1997)
    Aerial view of Galston road bridge and Church Lane Lace Mill, including Barr Castle, taken from NE.
  • 43679 (1910)
    Copy of historic photograph showing view of Barr Castle and UF churches, Galston.
  • 43679 ()
    View from S.
  • 43679 (1982)
    View from E.
  • 43679 (1982)
    View from N.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Ayrshire, Sheet XXIII1857

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Ayr, Sheet 023.041857