Remains of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on castle remains which, collectively, fall well short of the grandeur, romance and beauty of the hundreds of contemporaries dotted around Scotland. In fact, Polnoon Castle is little more than a heap of rubble in a field in Eaglesham, south of Glasgow in West Scotland. In common with many castles, abbeys and similar structures which became redundant in the 16th century and later, Polnoon Castle was usead as a local quarry with the worked stones taken away and used in the construction of other buildings in the locality. As evidence of this ‘quarrying’ there is incorporated in the facade of a building in Eaglesham an amorial stone which likely came from the castle.

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

A summary of the history of Polnoon Castle is as follows:

  • Built late 14th century, possibly on the site of an earlier castle.
  • Construction undertaken by Sir John Montgomery and financed by proceeds of ransom paid for the release of Sir Henry Percy who was captured in battle 1388.
  • Castle was refurbished 1617 but lay in ruins by 1676.
  • Abandoned at end of 17th century.

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Scotland

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Scotland

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

Remains of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

This castle has particular significance for persons associated with Clan Montgomery.

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