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[Dudhope Castle continued] [continued from page 69]
to have been the property and residence of the family of Scrymseours, Constables of Dundee the Barony of Dudhope having, according to Dr. Small, come into their possession in 1495 but whether the Castle existed at that time or was built subsequently does not appear yet judging from the character of the masonry which in habitable Castles lost much of that massive solidity and gradually assumed a lighter form & aspect from the beginning of the 14th. Century; the build of the lower basement and vaults (the oldest parts of the structure) would seem to indicate the earliest origin of the Castle not to have been prior to that era. The building as modernised presents two sides of a square or wings at right angles from each other to the North & West, having the principal entrance in the centre of that facing the East. It is uniform in height & flanked on the N & S. [North & South] sides by circular towers probably for defence, the main entrance being defended in like manner with tressels pierced with loopholes. Cut in the Stone lintel of one of the windows of the second floor, on the west side of the North wing there appears the date 1600, Evidence apparently of the date of some alteration or repair of this portion of the building.

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