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Cowden Castle

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    CASTLETON; FRAGMENT OF CASTLETON HOUSE
  • Canmore ID
    48218
  • Site type
    COUNTRY HOUSE
  • Parish
    MUCKHART (CLACKMANNAN)
  • Council
    PERTHSHIRE
  • NGR
    NS 98835 99663
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.178827N, 3.631226W
  • Archeological notes
    NS99NE 1.00 98835 99663 Cowden Castle NS99NE 1.01 99075 99980 East Lodge NN90SE 5 98087 00033 Stable Arch (Name NS 9890 9964) Castleton (NR) (Remains of) OS 6"map, (1948) Castleton is an old house built by Archbishop Lamberton in 1320. It appears to have been a building of some considerable size. All that now remains, in apparently a small part of a turret, or corner of the building. New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845. Castleton occupies the site of a house which was erected about 1320. Scant traces of this ancient building consisting of an arched gateway, and the ruined foundations of a turret are still in existence. All that remains of Castleton is a small portion of the surrounding courtyard wall. The Dollar Magazine 1905; Name Book 1898. NS 9884 9964. The mansion of Castleton is now demolished. Immediately to the south of the site, a wall, containing an archway, runs to an octagonal turret which bears the date '1707' and the letters W.P.M.H. Close to this are the ivy-covered remains of the tower referred to above. This is more probably the remnant of an angle tower of a courtyard wall, rather than that of a building, and the alignment of the wall containing the archway tends to support this. Part of this wall is, however, undoubtedly of a later period than the tower. Visited by OS (J D) 16 June 1953. No change. Visited by OS (R D) 12 July 1967.
  • Architectural notes
    NS99NE 1.00 98835 99663 Cowden Castle NS99NE 1.01 99075 99980 East Lodge NN90SE 5 98087 00033 Stable Arch NMRS REFERENCE: ARCHITECT: Harry Ramsey Taylor - picture gallery. Cowden Castle is recorded as having been demolished in Demolitions catalogue held in NMRS library.

Related material information

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 48218 (21/6/1912)
    Estate Exchange. Blair Drummond Estate. No. 1515 and 1516 Sale Brochure 1912 and 1913. Includes details of Lot I: Blair Drummond Mansion House. Lot II: Fourteen Farms and five cottage holdings. Lot III: Five farms (inc. Ballingrew, Ballinton Farms). Lot IV: Ten farms and Eighty-eight tenancies and fues at Thornhill.

PRINT ROOM

  • 48218 (1909)
    General view of tomb. Titled 'Archbishop's Tomb, Banff'. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO: 62: THE BANFF ALBUM
  • 48218 (1910)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO. 58: MISS PEARSON'S ANNAN ALBUM. Dark blue canvas album. Amateur scrap album of 1910-20, containing snapshots of family, friends and buildings of Annan district which have been captioned but many of which are too faded to identify. The album belonged to Miss Pearson daughter of Alexander Pearson of Luce Cottage, Annan; the family is related to the Salvesons of Norway. Miss Pearson was educated at Southlands, Harrow and there is also a snap of "my class at Crieff" showing very young girls. There is a poem by David AGP, and a view of her grandfather's house at 24 George Square, Edinburgh with newspaper accounts of a burglary there in 1913. There are clippings about cricket matches between Eton and Harrow, amateur theatricals, concert programmes, otter and fox hunting, steeplechase meetings, golf, skiing and skating, grouse shooting in 1912 and a choral festival at Lochmaben in 1911 with photographs of some of these. One snap shows "the old Darracq" car with four figures at Johnstone c.1910, and there is a descriptive poem about a fire at a school at Alton Burn, Nairn, 1912 by DAG Pearson mentioning schoolmasters by name. A cutting dated 23 September 1910 tells of Lord of Session Salveson and family recovering slowly from being poisoned by mushrooms in Norway. There is a lengthy press account of the St Andrew Boat Club Ball in the Music Hall, Edinburgh on 12 February 1914, giving four columns of the names , addresses and fancy dress costumes of all those who attended. This was a triennial event which had been held for the past sixty years. Also included are snaps of the families of Pearson of Johnstone and Pearson of Luce. Locations include Williamwood, Harrow, Nairn, Laurencekirk, Merchiston, Mardale Crescent, Edinburgh before the tenements were built in 1893, and Whittinghame 1913. There are also views of the Japanese Garden of c.1909 at Cowden Castle, Muckhart, now lost. Press cuttings announce (without the year) the following bi
  • 48218 (1909)
    Page 25/4. General view of Japanese garden. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO. 58: MISS PEARSON'S ANNAN ALBUM.
  • 48218 (1909)
    Page 25/3. View of fountain in Japanese garden. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO. 58: MISS PEARSON'S ANNAN ALBUM.
  • 48218 (1909)
    Page 25/2. View of gateway in Japanese garden. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO. 58: MISS PEARSON'S ANNAN ALBUM.
  • 48218 (1909)
    Page 25/1. General view of Japanese garden. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO. 58: MISS PEARSON'S ANNAN ALBUM.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 48218 ()
    Copy of historic photograph showing general view of Japanese garden.
  • 48218 ()
    Copy of historic photograph showing general view of Japanese garden.
  • 48218 ()
    Copy of historic photograph showing general view of Japanese garden.
  • 48218 (1909)
    Copy of historic photograph showing Japanese garden.
  • 48218 ()
    Copy of postcard showing general view.
  • 48218 (1975)
    View of entrance arch.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Perthshire, Sheet CXXXIV1861-62
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Fife, Sheet 211854

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Perth and Clackmannan, Sheet 134.041861
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Perth and Clackmannan, Sheet 134.041861