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Ardencaple Castle

A Category B Listed Building in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0091 / 56°0'32"N

Longitude: -4.757 / 4°45'25"W

OS Eastings: 228210

OS Northings: 683009

OS Grid: NS282830

Mapcode National: GBR 0C.TKB0

Mapcode Global: WH2M3.W7Y4

Plus Code: 9C8Q265V+M6

Entry Name: Ardencaple Castle

Listing Name: Ardencaple Castle

Listing Date: 14 May 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 379041

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34703

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200379041

Location: Helensburgh

County: Argyll and Bute

Town: Helensburgh

Electoral Ward: Helensburgh Central

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

Tagged with: Castle Ruins

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Earlier fabric substantially, reworked probably Robert Mylne in 1786

and by Peddie and Kinnear, 1877. 4-stage square battlemented (NE) corner tower retained when main castle demolished in 1957. Whinstone rubble, pink sandstone ashlar dressings and parapet. Battered base course, bipartite windows with pointed lights (now blinded), hoodmoulds to E, W and N elevations, corbelled and crenellated parapet.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2-leaf door, window to 1st and 2nd stages; armorial crest to upper stage.

W AND N ELEVATIONS: window to ground, 1st and 2nd stages.

S ELEVATION: windows blocked.

Windows blinded.

Statement of Interest

Ardencaple Castle was originally the seat of the Clan MacAulay, who settled in the area in the 13th century. In the 17th century they sold off most of their land and eventually abandoned the castle as a roofless ruin. It was purchased by the 4th Duke of Argyll around 1765. The castle was substantially altered by the addition of a west wing made up of circular, banded towers with corbelled parapets probably by Robert Mylne in 1786. Peddie and Kinnear carried out further alterations in 1877, probably adding to Tudor details and parapet to this tower.

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