Sites and Monument Record: Castle Rankine (SMR 476)

The site of Castle Rankine is 240 yds W of Castlerankine farmhouse, with the deep ravine of Castlerankine Burn on its W side. No structure survives above ground, but excavations in 1938-9 revealed the foundations of a curtain wall enclosing an area 96 ft N-S by 91 ft. This wall varied from 3 ft 9 ins to 4 ft 7 ins thick. From the N curtain, a barbican extended to the lip of a ditch, which was identified to N and S of the enclosure and presumably existed on the E as well. Between the curtain and the ditch, W of the barbican, a limekiln was found.
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Site history notes
Gert Ranky is mentioned in 1299 in the lordship of Dunipace. It subsequently appears as Castelranky and Castleranky. Rankine was probably a personal name.
A socket stone was observed in the he field south of the castle in 2010 see photo.
Site conservation date
0012-16th Century
Site grid ref
NS 7857 8186
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