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Historic Buildings of Dunbartonshire, Scotland

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Historic Buildings of Dunbartonshire

Historic County of Scotland

Now East and West Dunbartonshire

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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Dunbartonshire, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Historic Buildings of Dunbartonshire

... in alphabetical order

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Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest


  • Ardencaple Castle ❊ 12th century, Helensburgh. Demolished. From the Middle Ages the lands of Ardencaple were controlled by the Lairds of Ardincaple. By the late 15th century or 16th century the lairds had adopted the surname MacAulay. By this time the Laird of Ardincaple was considered the clan chief of Clan MacAulay. The fortunes of the Lairds of Ardincaple failed in the 18th century when the chiefs of Clan MacAulay were forced to divide and sell the lands once governed by former lairds of Ardincaple. In the 1740s Archibald MacAulay, Laird of Ardencaple, had to sell off a portion of his estate, though by the early 1750s the roof had fallen in and the condition of the castle forced the next Laird to abandon his residence there and live in nearby Laggarie. In about 1767 the 12th chief, Aulay MacAulay, died at High Laggarie (now within the present village of Rhu). In 1923, Sir Iain Colquhoun sold the castle to Mrs. H. Macaulay-Stromberg, a wealthy American, who restored the castle and lived there until her death, in 1931. The castle then passed to Adelaide Parker Voorheis until 1935, when it passed to a consortium of developers. The castle then was requisitioned by the Royal Navy with the outbreak of World War II. In 1957 most of the castle was demolished by the government in order to build naval housing for the nearby HMNB Clyde (Faslane Naval Base), though one tower was left to be used as a mount for navigational beacons and transit lights for the Royal Navy. From then on, the 45-foot (14 m) high tower was known as "Ardencaple Castle Range Rear Light", and had two green lights mounted on its south-west corner. Ardencaple Castle has been considered a Category B listed building since May 14, 1971. Today, all that remains of the grand turreted mansion is one solitary tower.
  • Ardoch Tower
  • Auchinvole Castle


  • Badenheath Tower
  • Balloch Castle ❊ - Castellated house, 1809. Ruins of the original medieval castle still remain
  • Bannachra Castle
  • Bardowie Castle - Tower house, 16th Century. Milngavie - see Lady Caroline Worsley
  • Blairhenechan
  • Blairvadach Castle
  • Boturich Castle ❊ Castellatded house, 1835 - Loch Lomond. Built on the ruins of an older Castle.


  • Cameron House
  • Camis Eskan
  • Camstraddan Castle
  • Cardross Castle
  • Catter Law
  • Craigend Castle ❊ - Castellated mansion. Ruin 1812 - Mugdock Country Park.
  • Cumbernauld Castle


  • Darleith House
  • Dumbarton Castle ❊ - Garrison Fortress, 17th - 18th centuries - centre of the Kingdom of Strathclyde
  • Dunglass castle - 15th Century. Bowling. Partially demolished for building stone 1735. Later house remains on the site.


  • Elan-Rossdhu Castle


  • Faslane Castle
  • Forbes House where a Dr Forbes once held his surgery - The Causeway or "Causie"


  • Gartconnel Castle



  • Inchgalbraith Castle
  • Inchmurrin Castle ❊ - 14th Century, Inchmurrin. Built by the Earls of Lennox
  • Inverglas Castle
  • Island I Vow Castle



  • Keppoch
  • Kilmahew Castle ❊ - Tower house. 16th century. Ruined. Believed to have been built partly by George Napier (about 1694 to 1744). It a simple keep of the period 1542 - 1700. The original outline measured 46 feet by 25 feet. It still stands to parapet height. During the 19th century the south and west walls were rebuilt, with a view to turn the castle into a modern mansion, but this work was never completed.
  • Kilmaronock Castle - Tower house, 15th Century. The remains of a tower house of the late 15th or early 16th century, Kilmaronock was the property of the John Cunningham, 11th Earl of Glencairn in 1695
  • Kirkintilloch Peel


  • Lennox Castle ❊ - Castellated mansion, 1841 - Ruin. Milton of Campsie


  • Middleton


  • Peel of Drumry


  • Rosneath Castle
  • Rossdhu Castle


  • Seton House, where Captain Seton lived. The Causeway or "Causie"
  • Shandon Castle


  • Tarbet Castle

Tower of Law

  • Tullichewan Castle - Castellated house, 19th Century - demolished




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