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Description: Kilbirnie Castle or Place
Date Listed: 14 April 1971
Historic Scotland Building ID: 7530
OS Grid Coordinates: 230357, 654113
Latitude/Longitude: 55.7506, -4.7045
Late 15th century rectangular-plan tower house with block
added at right angles in 1627. Rubble-built with ashlar
dressings. Tower originally had 4 storeys with 2 vaulted
floors; entrance by basement door in north east angle,
circular mural stair originally at same corner, but now
barely distinguishable. Long rectangular-plan addition
connected by round stair tower to south-east corner of tower
block: addition has central entrance under round-headed arch
and had corbelled angle towers; some corbelling remains, and
only wall over door stands above level of ground floor.
Destroyed by fire in 1757. Some garden walls to south.
Approached from south east by broad tree-lined avenue.
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.References:
MacGibbon & Ross "C & D Architecture" Vol I, p. 390-395
Pont "Cunninghame" 1876 p.230-233 (Illus opp p.232)
Built probably by Malcolm Crawford, the first of the
Crawfords of Kilbirnie; extension by John Crawford of
Source: Historic Scotland
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.