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Corsewall Castle

Corsewall Castle
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Corsewall Castle

A thoroughly-ruined tower-house located in the north of the Rhins of Galloway, a mile (1.5 km) southeast of Corsewall Lighthouse and 8 miles (13 km) north northwest of Stranraer, Corsewall Castle dates from the 15th century and was the property of the Campbell family. This oblong keep once rose to three storeys and lay on a mound which was protected by a ditch. Now all that remains are the stumps of the four walls, which do not rise beyond a tunnel-vaulted basement. The wall still contains the lower section of a turnpike stair. A small cannon was discovered here in 1791, while a cache of gold coins, silver-plate and jewellery was uncovered in 1802. The castle was forsaken in favour of Corsewall House (by Kirkcolm) by the 18th Century.


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