Castle Cary

(Castlecary Castle)

A 15th C. tower house situated in woodland above the Red Burn in the far W of Falkirk Council Area, Castle Cary lies a quarter-mile (0.4 km) south of the village of Castlecary and 2½ miles (4 km) northeast of Cumbernauld. Sometimes referred to tautologically as Castlecary Castle, the rectangular tower is 12m (40 feet) in height and has walls up to 1.5m (5 feet) thick, which incorporates masonry reused from a nearby Roman fort that was associated with the Antonine Wall. The tower is of four storey, with a cap-house and crenellated parapet. It was built c.1485 by the Livingstone family but was extended to the east in 1679 with a two-storey wing which features a steeply-pitched slate roof and crow-stepped gables. The property was burned by a party of Highlanders during the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion but was restored, and is still in use as a dwelling house. By the 1880s, it was the property of Lawrence Dundas, 3rd Earl of Zetland. The castle is said to feature secret passages.

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