'Antiquities of Scotland' Index
The old house of Cassilis is a great square
tower, whose walls are of an uncommon thickness, with a court of
lesser buildings, beautifully situated on a bank above the water of
Dun, and surrounded by extensive woods of old timber. This old tower
is ascended by a turnpike-staircase; the lower story is vaulted; the
walls, as high as the third story, are said to be sixteen feet thick.
Here are many family portraits, and diverse other paintings. This
tower has probably undergone many repairs; the present appearance of
the building does not bespeak the last to be older than the reign of
Queen Mary, or James VI. her son. This house belongs to the Earl of
Cassilis. The view was drawn A. D. 1789.