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Cragaburn (Craigieburn)

a location shown on a 1590 map of the West Marches of Scotland (The Aglionby Platt)

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as; Cragburn Castle

In the civil parish of Moffat.
In the historic county of Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Modern Authority of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
1974 county of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NT11580542
Latitude 55.33491° Longitude -3.39538°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of Cragaburn shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are uncertain remains.

This is a Category B listed building protected by law*.

The likely form(s) of this building in 1590 are;

  • Tower House (gentry).

A section of the 1590 Aglionby Platt. Image reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland
Reproduced by permission of the National Library of Scotland

This castle was shown on a map of c. 1590. (Burghley c.1590)
There are no visible remains of a castle depicted here on a map of about 1590.
Visited by RCAHMS (PC), 15 March 1990.
Listed as tower. (RCAHMS 1997) (Canmore)

Several building phases; 2-storey house with attics, late 18th/early 19th century in appearance; said to incorporate tower house as rear (W) wing, latter built above bank of Craigie Burn; 5-bay E front, entrance bay, formerly with crow-stepped gable, pushed forward mid 19th century. Northmost bay probably also added about then. Rendered, with contrasting painted margins: sash windows. E elevation: windows in left bay asymmetrically arranged; remaining ground floor windows with 12-pane glazing, larger 1st floor windows, plate glass, lintels linked to simple cornice; small blocking course. Brick end stacks - coped ashlar stack over entrance; flat-roofed dormers; slated roofs, main roof covered with graded slates.
Interior: some cornice plasterwork; reeded marble chimney pieces. (Listed Building Report)

At NT116051 is a pre-historic spur fort but there doesn't seem to be evidence of medieval occupation of this site. The 1752 map showse Craigieburn House site as two buildings and a enclosure. This is now a high status landscape but this all seems to date from c. 1800, however the area around the house is reasonable farmland and may well have supported a gentry status house in the C16.
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This record created on 19/07/2015 09:01:56; This record last updated on 17/09/2015 10:38:53

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