Armorial Stone in Montgomery Street, Eaglesham. May have been re-located from Polnoon Castle.

This evening, I am focusing on the remains of Polnoon Castle which extend to 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 used 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 (above) in Eaglesham an armorial stone which likely came from the castle.

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.

The castle is important to Clan Montgomery. In nearby Eaglesham there is a Montgomery Street and Polnoon Street.

Access to the castle is through a field in which farm livestock roam. Permission from local farmer is usually required.

Ruins of Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

Polnoon Castle, Eaglesham, Scotland

Montgomery Street, Eaglesham, Scotland

Polnoon Street, Eaglesham, Scotland

Polnoon Street, Eaglesham, Scotland

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