The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century Volume 5

The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... tenth Earl, ' Retours. + We have to thank Mr. Railton for the drawings and description of this building. when possibly these openings and panels have been inserted, as though from the state of the freestone they are of some age, they are evidently made in the old walls, and for effect only. The castle (see Fig. I457) is 31 feet by 24 feet over the walls, which are built of small quarried whinstone, with freestone corners, &c., of a dark brown appearance. The stone of the recent panels, &c., is a light bluish grey. The parapet above the corbel-courses is all of whinst-one, and comparatively recent. The interior has a low vault in the basement, and the upper part has been in three floors, the two upper floors having been joisted, and the highest being partly in the roof. A stair in the north-east corner starts at the first floor, and gives access to those above. Part of the steps still remain, and are of the usual form, with a newel cut on the steps. The entrance door is at the east end of the south side. It is about 8 feet above the ground, and is narrow, the jambs having a cavetto mould ing round them. The access to the door has been movable, as two corbels projected from the wall to support the platt, one of which still remains. The existing old windows are few and small; others, along with fireplaces, would be obliterated in making the large openings, tire. In the west side there _is inserted above the apex of the large panel a square stone with the Eglinton arms cut on it (see Fig. l457). Through some mistake it is placed upside down. The corbelling under the parapet has a continuous moulded course at top and bottom, and two rows of detached corbels between. This structure evidently dates from the sixteenth century, and more

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