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Myrton Tower

Myrton Tower is a ruined four storey 16th century L-plan tower house built on a 12th century motte. It was also once defended by a wet moat overlooking the White Loch of Myrton.

History of Myrton Tower

1296 ~ The MacCullochs do homage to King Edward I of England following his conquest of Scotland. The three representatives of Clan MacCulloch have their names and seal, along with other clan chiefs, added to the Ragman Roll. 'Thomas Mackulagh, the Count Wiggetone, is the first Gallovidian Scot to apply his seal rendering homage to Edward'. His brothers Michael and William follow in his steps.

1305 ~ Thomas MacCulloch is made Sheriff of Wigtown.

1306 ~ Following Robert the Bruce's coronation as King of Scotland, the pro-Balliol MacCulloch's and their supporters have much of the lands and power stripped from them.

1353 ~ The MacCullochs swear allegiance to King David II of Scotland. (more in the History section)

Tower today

Today it is hidden from the road by trees and is covered in thick ivy. Visiting the main tower house you will also find remains to the castle outer buildings, which once included stables, a chapel, barns, kitchen and bakery, that you can also explore.

Access from the road is via a driveway to a cottage that backs on to the castle grounds. With consideration you can pack on thr road and take the driveway up into the woods where you will find the tower peering through the trees. Once you see this head into the woodlands towards the tower in order to respect the privacy of the family who live in the cottage.

Text by Fred Vincnet