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Abbot’s Tower, ruin Kirkcudbrightshire

Abbot’s Tower, New Abbey, Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfries and Galloway: Before restoration, 1986

The late 16th century Abbot’s Tower was, before its recent reconstruction, an overgrown and fragmentary ruin. The basement vault of the small L-plan tower-house had fallen, encumbering the interior space with debris. The west wall and staircase wing still stood to a height of about 32 ft.

The cap-house of the stair-wing teetered precariously on a pillar of masonry above mounds of fallen rubble. The other walls were completely ruined and despoiled of any dressed stone. The general layout of this typical tower-house was however apparent enough from the remains on the ground.

The overgrown ruins did not, in 1986, appear to be a feasible undertaking for the would-be tower restorer in search of a project. Very little was known about the history of this little tower but recent research, undertaken by the present owner, is beginning to throw some light on this.

Location:
Dumfries and Galloway, New Abbey
OS sheet: 84GR: 973666

Filename: Abbots Tower bw PA
Copyright of image: Peter Nicholson & Pete Armstrong
Record ID: D1001

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Abbot's Tower, ruin Kirkcudbrightshire

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