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The Gatehouse website record of

ye Cast: of milk (Castlemilk)

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

In the civil parish of St Mungo.
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: NY14957758
Latitude 55.08539° Longitude -3.33385°

The given map reference is suggested as the probable location of ye Cast: of milk shown on the Aglionby Platt.

There are no visible remains.

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

  • Tower House (baronial).

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

(NY 1495 7758) Castlemilk (NR) (Site of) (OS 6" map (1957))
Castle built by the Bruces in the 12th century; 'whilst a fortified place it was beseiged by the Duke of Somerset during Edward VI's minority'. (New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845 (A Jameson))
Reid, however, casts some doubt on this. There is mention of a tower in 1578. It was bombarded under Cromwell, which may be the reason why not a stone of Castlemilk Tower remains. (R C Reid 1936)
No trace. Visited by OS (RD) 21 June 1966
Castlemilk capitulated to the English under Thomas Lord Wharton, warden of the West Marches, in September 1547, and it is stated in a drawing of it made later that year, that it stood on an earth bank 150 ft high.
The structure itself was fairly small: 33 ft long, 18 ft wide, 33 ft high with walls 7 1/2 ft thick. It also shows vertical slits in the walls; these have a central aperture; this was in practice a rare form of arrow- slit dating from the 13th century, and there is no evidence that it was ever inserted as a shot-hole. (M Merriman 1967; A M T Maxwell-Irving 1974)
Castlemilk (NR) (site of) (NAT) (OS 1:2500 map, 1967)
Castlemilk. Listed as tower. (RCAHMS 1997) (Canmore)

Baronial house. Shown on a plan of 1547 as a two storey building with a wooden stair to a first floor entry, although with a parapet wall walk. This image is clearly a rough sketch and not a detailed architectural drawing. Does show the relatively small size of quite high status buildings in Scotland compared to similar status houses in England.
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