Carsluith Castle is situated in Galloway southwest
Scotland, 33 miles east of Stranraer, 38 miles west of Dumfries, right next to the main A75 road.
The Marrbury Smokehouse Bistro/Cafe /
Shop and Self Catering Accommodation is next to the
The castle is free to visit with great views over
Wigtown Bay from the top.
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This is a late 1400s towerhouse built for James
Lindsay. His son, Herbert Lindsay, was killed at the
Battle of Flodden in
north England in 1513. This was a time when Scotland
and France were at war with England.
This is a typical Scottish towerhouse castle, with
four floors. They were designed for safety during
conflict with neighbouring landowners, with only a
small army, not to withstand a large English
Disputes between landowners were common up to the
1600s & 1700s, when laws made it clear murdering
your neighbour was a criminal offence, with the
chance you could be sentenced to a gruesome
Each landowner had many workers on their land,
that also served as fighting men in battles for the
king, or with their neighbours.
The main living quareters started from the first
floor up, with the main entrance on the first floor
for safety. Narrow spiral stairways joined each
floor, making it dificult for attackers to fight
their way up.
From the safer times of the 1700s, many of these
tower houses were replaced by mansions, or had
mansion built onto the side of them.
The daughter of James Lindsay married Richard
Brown, leading to the castle being in the hands of
the Browns of Carsluith until they emigrated to India
in 1748. The castle was abandoned around that
Carsluith Castle History
1300s - the lands of Carsluith were owned by the
Cairns of Orcharton,
an estate with a round castle, 27 miles east of
1460 - James Lindsay of Fairgirth gained control
of Carsluith, leading to the castle being built in
the late 1400s.
1513 - Sir Herbert Lindsay, son of James Lindsay
is killed at the Battle of Flodden.
1500s - the daughter of James Lindsay marries
Richard Brown, leading to the castle and estate
passing to the Brown's.
1560s - the Brown's extend the castle by building
the stair tower.
1579 - the catholic John Brown was fined a large
sum of money for murdering the protestand McCulloch
of Barholm, a neighbouring estate.
1605 - Gilbert Brown, abbot of Sweetheart Abbey by
Dumfries, was accused of sheltering Jesuit priests at
Carsluith. He was forced to move to France, becomming
rector of the Scots College in Paris.
1612 - Gilbert Brown died in Paris.
1748 - the Brown's of Carsluith emigrated to
India, selling the land and leaving the castle to
fall into disrepair.
1800s - a farm was built next to the castle
1913 - Historic Environment Scotland gained
control of the castle, maintaining the stonework, and
opened the building to the public as a tourist
2010? - the Marrbury Smokehouse Bistro/Cafe &