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Dumfries and Galloway

Barholm Castle/Tower House


5-6 September 2020

Barholm Castle is a traditional Scottish tower house situated 95m.(312 ft.) above sea level on a hillside overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Machars of Wigtownshire. It may have been constructed in several stages and consists of a rectangular tower with its earliest origins probably dating from the late 15th century and a later stair tower built on the NE side, probably late in the 16th century. While its history is not well documented, it is known that it was a stronghold of the local McCulloch family. It is reputed briefly to have been a hiding place in 1566 of the well known figure of the Scottish reformation John Knox (1514-1572). The castle fell into disuse and disrepair in the mid-18th century. In August 2002, Historic Scotland agreed to make a substantial grant contribution towards the restoration of the castle for residential use; this work began late in 2003 and was completed in late 2005. The castle is now in use as a family home.

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