NS4146 : Old Corsehill Castle

taken 7 years ago, near to Stewarton, East Ayrshire, Great Britain

Old Corsehill Castle
Old Corsehill Castle
This tower is sometimes known locally as Reuincraig Castle, but that name derives from 'Ruin Crag' or 'Ruin Castle' so it can hardly have been the original name of the building. It was most probably Old Corsewall Castle, a medieval stronghold of the Cunningham family which fell into ruins in the 16th century. Most of the surviving stonework of the castle was removed about 1870 for construction of a nearby embankment on the Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Railway but the railway company left this corner tower standing, as a historical feature to be seen by passengers in passing trains. Some repair work seems to have been carried out at that time to ensure the tower would continue to stand. This tower is sometimes confused with Corsehill Castle which was built to replace the ruined Old Corsehill at a site on the opposite side of the road. No trace whatsoever of this castle now remains.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 28 June, 2010
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Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 415 465 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:41.1622N 4:31.2894W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 416 464
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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