Kilmaranock Castle, Dunbartonshire
South west of Dryman
Kilmaranock Castle is a four storey 15th century tower with walls up to 8 feet thick, and was once surrounded by a moat, fed from the nearby Endrick Water.
Today the castle is surrounded by the manicured lawns and ancient trees of the private mansion, which in itself is quite beautiful. Access is strictly private.
1329 ~ The Kilmarnock estate passes to Sir Malcolm Fleming, 1st Earl of Wigton, Governor of Dumbarton Castle, as well as guardian of the juvenile King David II of Scotland.
Later, Kilmaronock passes to Sir John Dennistoun, through the marriage of one of his three daughters.
1378 ~ Sir John Dennistoun dies. His main heir is his eldest son Robert.
1357 ~ Sir Robert Dennistoun testifies to the security of ransom for King David II, who has been in English captivity since the ill-fated Battle of Neville's Cross 11 years earlier.
His loyal service to the Crown is subsequently rewarded with the honorable functions of Sheriff of Lennox and Governor of the Royal Fortress of Dumbarton.
1370 ~ Sir Robert is one of the commissioners who sets the terms of the peace treaty with England.
1399 ~ Upon Sir Robert's death, having no male descendant, his large estate is divided between his two daughters Margaret and Elizabeth. Part of the Kilmaronock estate falls fell to the elder daughter Margaret, wife of Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs.
1462 ~ Sir William's grandson, Alexander Cunningham of Kilmaurs, is appointed Lord of Kilmaurs by King James III of Scotland.
1488 ~ King James III elevates Sir William to the rank of 1st Earl of Glencairn. Sir Alexander, however, does not enjoy this honourable title for too long after he is killed at the Battle of Sauchieburn.
Soon after this skirmish, King James III himself is mysteriously murdered.
Kilmaronock, however, remains in the hands of the Cunningham family who build the castle.
1670 ~ After the death of Sir Alexander Cunningham, Kilmaronock is bought by Sir William Cochrane, 1st Earl of Dundonald. Sir William later transfers the rights to the Barony of Kilmaronock and its "court" and castle to his second son William. He in turn rents the tower out to tenants.
1700's ~ The last tenant known being John McGoune. The tower is later abandoned and allowed to fall into ruin.