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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.

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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