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Corsewall Castle

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Corsewall, a mansion, a ruined castle, and a headland with a lighthouse in Kirkcolm parish, W Wigtownshire. The mansion stands, amid finely-wooded policies, near the W shore of Loch Ryan, in the northern vicinity of of Kirkcolm village, and 6 miles NNW of Stranraer; its owner, Jn. Carrick-Moore, Esq. (b. 1805; suc. 1860), holds 3362 and 2069 acres in Wigtown and Ayr shires, valued at £2920 and £1726,10s. per annum. The castle, 3 miles NW, is now only part of a thick-walled tower 20 feet high; and, in the latter part of last century, was found to contain a cannon 7 feet long. The headland is situated 1 mile NW of the castle, and 2½ miles WSW of Milleur Point at the entrance to Loch Ryan. Its lighthouse, built in 1815-16 at a cost of £7835, is 92 feet high, with a lantern raised 112 feet above high-water level, and shows every minute a revolving light. alternately red and white, and visible for 15 nautical miles.

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