Drumcoltran Tower was built for Edward
Maxwell in the 1550s, a younger son of Lord
The Maxwell's were the most powerful family
in the area at that time with their main
stronghold of Caerlaverock Castle being 16 miles
southeast. They were a famous Roman Catholic,
It is thought Drumcoltran Tower was built to
help control this area where the main road runs
between Dumfries and Dalbeattie.
1750 - the Tower passed by marriage to
Captain John Maxwell who also inherited
Cardoness Castle in 1752. Cardoness
Castle is situated 24 miles southwest.
A House was built next to the Tower around
that time with the House and Tower used to
accommodate farm labourers.