Mearns Castle

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Mearns Castle

Mearns Castle is a 15th-century tower house in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, to the south of Glasgow, Scotland.[1] It is a Category A listed building.[2] The castle has been restored and is now part of the Maxwell Mearns Castle Church. It also gives its name to nearby Mearns Castle High School.

History[edit]

The castle was built by Herbert, Lord Maxwell, under a royal warrant issued in 1449, and remained with the family until the fifth Lord was required by James VI to deliver it up to the crown.[1] It was sold to Sir George Maxwell of Nether Mearns in the middle of the 17th century, and later passed to the Shaw-Stewart family.[1] In 1971 the remaining stories of the tower were converted to a link between two Church of Scotland buildings.[1]

Description[edit]

The castle was originally a four-storey rectangular tower, and parts of the original corbelling remain. There is a vaulted basement room, approached from the main entrance. The first-floor hall, which is also vaulted, is approached by a straight mural stair; it has stone window seats and once had a minstrels’ gallery. The original arched entrance is now walled up.[1]

References[edit]

  • Lindsay, Maurice (1994) The Castles of Scotland. Constable. ISBN 0-09-473430-5
  • Historic Environment Scotland. "Church of Maxwell, Mearns Castle, Broom Road, by Newton Mearns  (Category A) (LB18536)". Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 55°46.1101′N 4°18.5415′W / 55.7685017°N 4.3090250°W / 55.7685017; -4.3090250