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Mid-Argyll - 32
Carnassarie Castle

Site/Artefact
Carnassarie Castle

Type
Castle

Site Number
32

National Grid Reference
1839 East
6008 North

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Ordnance Survey Landranger 55

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Excavation Details
Not excavated

Description
A combined tower house and hall, now a well preserved ruin, situated on top of a ridge at the head of Kilmartin valley. It was built by John Carswell, Bishop of the Isles between 1565 and 1572 and was partly remodelled in the late 17th c. An earlier Castle or defence is suggested by a wall line surrounding a promontory to the north of the present structure.

Exterior

The building consists of a five storey tower with parapet, three storey hall and four storey stair tower. The construction is lime-mortared random rubble and it was originally harled. Architectural details to note are corbelled angle turrets on the tower, carved water spouts and various horizontal gunports and vertical pistol loops. There is also an elaborately carved architectural frame above a doorway in the E wall of the staircase tower which incorporates a shield with the arms of Archibald Campbell 5th Earl of Argyll and his wife Jean Stewart, daughter of King James V.

Interior

The building had a vaulted service basement which included the kitchen, where an arched fireplace, oven and water inlet (carved as an open mouthed face) can be seen. The floors above had joisted wooden ceilings supported on runner-beams and corbels. Most of the upper chambers had their own garderobe. Architectural details to note include various doorways and fireplaces with moulded surrounds in the upper floors of the tower and hall.

Access/Ownership
The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open to the public.

References

Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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