(Cassencarrie, Cassencary, Castle Cary)

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A large and partially ruined mansion located a half-mile (1 km) south of Creetown in Dumfries and Galloway, Cassencarie (also Cassencarrie or Cassencary) now lies forlornly within Castle Cary Caravan Park. Originally a four-storey tower-house built by the Muirs of Cassencarie in the late 16th century, it was extended to the north in the late 18th century with a service wing added in the early 19th century. In 1866, the estate was bought by the agriculturalist and politician James Caird (1816-92) who baronialised the house around 1880, adding a further wing to the south and east.

Although B-listed since 1971, most of the house is now roofless and in ruins, although the service wing is occupied by the Laird's Larder, a restaurant and bar serving the caravan park.

A nearby stable block has been converted into a residence, while a walled garden remains, used as a putting green.

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