The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Orchardton Tower

Galloway: About 4 miles south of Dalbeattie, on minor roads south of A711, about 1 mile south of Palnackie, west of Orchardton Burn, at Orchardton Tower.

 

HES   NX 817551   OS: 84   DG7 1QH

 

OPEN: Open Apr or Easter-Sep, daily 9.30-17.30; Oct-Mar, Sat-Wed 10.00-16.00, closed Thu & Fri; closed 25-26 Dec and 1-2 Jan.
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Orchardton Tower is an unique freestanding round tower house in a pretty peaceful location, long held by the Maxwells and near Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. Orchardton Tower (© Martin Coventry)

The only free-standing circular tower house in Scotland, Orchardton Tower is a round tower house of four storeys, built in the 15th and 16th centuries. The tower has a corbelled-out parapet, and a gabled caphouse crowning the turnpike stair. Remains of courtyard buildings survive.
  The entrance, at first-floor level, is reached by an external stone stair, while the basement is entered through a separate arched doorway. The hall, on the first floor, like the chambers above, was circular. The upper storeys have no floors.
  ‘Orchartoun’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of east Kirkcudbright, and is shown in a large enclosed and wooded park.

Orchardton Tower is an unique freestanding round tower house in a pretty peaceful location, long held by the Maxwells and near Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. Orchardton Tower by Laura Ferguson (© Martin Coventry)

‘Orchartoun’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of east Kirkcudbright, and is shown in a large enclosed and wooded park.
  The lands of Orchardton passed to the Cairns early in the 15th century, and they built the tower. One of the family was present at the murder of MacLellan of Bombie, along with Gordon of Lochinvar, in the High Street of Edinburgh in 1527.

Orchardton Tower is an unique freestanding round tower house in a pretty peaceful location, long held by the Maxwells and near Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. Orchardton Tower (© Martin Coventry)

The tower passed by marriage to the Maxwells in the middle of the 16th century, and Robert Maxwell of Orchardton is on record in 1645. During the Jacobite Rising of 1745, one of the family, Sir Robert Maxwell, was wounded and captured at Culloden in 1746 and taken to Carlisle for trial and probable execution. He tried to destroy his personal papers, but was prevented and his commission as an officer in the French army was found. He was thereafter treated as a prisoner of war, and was exiled to France rather than being executed. He later returned to Orchardton. Sir Walter Scott made use of this story in his novel Guy Mannering.

Orchardton House, near Orchardton Tower is an unique freestanding round tower house in a pretty peaceful location, long held by the Maxwells and near Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. Orchardton Tower: Orchardton House (old postcard)

The castle was replaced by Orchardton House [NX 811532], the site previously known as Glenshinnoch in the middle of the 18th century, and this house was encased in a large baronial mansion of four storeys in 1881. In 1785 the lands passed to the Douglases and were held by them into the 20th century. One of the family, Sir William Douglas, founded the village of Castle Douglas. The house was on the market for £1.4 million in 2015.

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