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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 10/06/1971
  • Supplementary Information Updated: 11/09/2013


  • Local Authority: East Renfrewshire
  • Planning Authority: East Renfrewshire
  • Parish: Mearns

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 55207 55356
  • Coordinates255207, 655356


Mid XV century tower house. 30' x 44' about 40' high. Embattled parapet on corbelled wallhead. Concrete roof.

Statement of Special Interest

This 15th century tower house was built by Lord Maxwell and sits prominently on a steep site, overlooking a valley. It was converted for church use in the late 1960s. A new church was then built next to the tower in the early 1970s and the tower is now not used (2013).

The 1970s church attached to the Tower House was not considered to be of special architectural or historic interest when assessed in 2013.



D MacGibbon and T Ross, The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland, from the 12th to the 18th Century, Volume I; pp.230-2 (1887-92, republished, 1977). Other information courtesy of owners.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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