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This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Balmaghie Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 04/11/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NX 738 623.


Later 14th century tower; artillery fortifications, curtain

walls and towers built circa 1450; partial dismantling of

tower 1640, repairs early 19th century to house prisoners

from Napoleonic Wars, consolidation work 1910 by Office of


Built for Archibald ("the Grim"), 3rd Earl Douglas, Threave

was the main stronghold of the Black Douglases in their

opposition to the Stewart Kings. In 1455 it was laid seige to

by James II for 2 months resulting in its surrender to the

Crown. In 1640 the partial dismantling of the tower was

ordered so as to render it unusable as a fortress, the roof

and battlements were removed. Rectangular keep, 5-storeys now

roofless with restored floor to 3rd. Double-height barrel

vault with mezzanine floor now missing had cellars to

basement and kitchen to mezzanine. Hall to 1st, paired bed

chambers to 2nd and garrison barracks to 3rd floor. Putt-log

holes for supporting a timber gallery for roof level defences

to 3 sides survive, 2 corbels from a defensive gallery over

the main door also survive.


Scheduled Ancient Monument 90301. Re-scheduled area 12 February 2004.


For a full description and bibliography see Official Guide Book to Threave Castle, HMSO 1983. MacGibbon and Ross, C AND D vol i, pp.157. Inv 41. Stell, EXPLORING DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY 1986 p.104. Good and Tabraham, THE ARTILLERY FORTIFICATION AT THREAVE CASTLE, GALLOWAY, in Caldwell, DH (ed) SCOTTISH WEAPONS AND FORTIFICATIONS 1981.

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