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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
MORTON LOCH Morton Loch Alex Grierson
Thomas Nevison
William McCall
022 [Situation] 2½ Miles N.E. of Thornhill
A deep natural glen into which several streams and drains are discharged. A large artificial bank has lately been thrown across the glen at Morton Castle converting the upper part into a lake
MORTON CASTLE (Remains of) Morton Castle

Morton Castle
Morton Castle
Morton Castle
Alex McCowan
John Smith
Thomas Nevison
Old Statistical Account
Gazetteer of Scotland
Johnstone's County Map
022 [Situation] 2½ miles N.E. of Thornhill
The ruins of an old castle - situateded (sic) on a steep isolated rock of a triangular form.- said to have been founded about the 10th Century and to have been given by Robert II as a dowry to his daughter Egidia the wife of William Douglas. The ruin is now the property of his Grace the Duke of Buccleuch.

[In red ink] According to the McFarlane Mss [Manuscripts] in the Advocates library as quoted by Grose " this Castle is of uncertain origin; was kept in the minority of David Bruce, by Thomas Randolph Earl of Moray; and Stewards passed into the possession of that branch of the Douglases who became Earls of Morton, gave them their title and was allowed by them in their solicitude about other Strengths to go to ruins" Though not more than one half of the original structure now exists, it is considered to be the most perfect of the kind in this part of the County. It was originally protected by a sheet of water formed by large dams and strong embankments. The existing remains extend to upwards of 100 feet in length by 30 in width. The wall of the South front is almost entire, which from the foundation is about 40 feet high, having on the top at each corner a large round tower about 12 feet in diameter. The walls at the foundation are from 8 to 10 feet thick.

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Parish of Morton Plan 22/7 Trace 5
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