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Castle Toward (Auchavoulin)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house of the Campbell family on the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Kirkman Finlay

    House & Family History: During World War II Castle Toward was known as HMS "Brontosaurus." After the war the House was purchased by Strathclyde Regional Council and used as a residential school, later converted to an outdoor education center. In 2009, as maintenance costs mounted, the council closed the education center and put the House up for sale. In October 2016 Castle Toward was sold for £1.51 million to Denice Purdie and Keith Punler, who plan to restore the House and make it their home.

  • Architect: David Hamilton

    Date: 1821
    Designed: House for Kirkman Finlay

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 73, 1854.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. VI, 1823. Scotland, 1830.

  • House Listed: Category B

    Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape

  • Current Seat / Home of: Denice Purdie and Keith Punler; here since 2016.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Lamont family, 16th century. Campbell family, 19th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Kirkman Finlay, 19th century. Major Andrew Coats, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No