NX0660 : Castle of St John, Stranraer

taken 7 years ago, near to Stranraer, Dumfries And Galloway, Great Britain

Castle of St John, Stranraer
Castle of St John, Stranraer
View from the tower over the rooftops towards West Pier built in 1812 to enable a safe harbour for boats that had previously anchored offshore or used unofficial jetties further west at the Clayhole. On the centre horizon is the former RAF Wig Bay the site of large WW2 RAF flying boat station.
The Castle of St. John, Stranraer
The Castle of St. John, alternatively known as the Chapel or Stranraer Castle, is located in the centre of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. The castle was built in 1510 by Ninian Adair of Kilhurst (sometimes referred to as Adair of Kilhilt), one of the most powerful Lairds of Wigtownshire. Reference LinkExternal link

It passed to the Kennedys in 1591, was a Dalrymple of Stair property from 1680 and eventually passed to public ownership in 1815 when it was purchased by the Burgh of Stranraer. Standing four storeys tall, it was also used as the town gaol between 1815 and 1907. Reference LinkExternal link

Over the years the Castle has been a home, a military garrison and a prison, however in recent times the Castle of St. John was restored in 1988/89 by Wigtown District Council and reopened in 1990 as a Visitor Centre. Reference LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 16 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NX 0603 6089 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:54.2975N 5:1.6225W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NX 0609 6082
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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