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near Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Stanely Castle, to the west of Paisley, is still standing today, despite sitting in the middle of a reservoir. The exterior of this L-shaped keep is relatively intact - but the interior of the structure is now completely destroyed. It is situated on land that was originally the property of the Danzieltoun or Dennistoun family.

In 1402, the lands passed through marriage to the Maxwells of Calderwood. The Maxwells built the four storey Stanely Castle and it remained in the family until 1629, when it was sold to the Hawkhead family. It passed by marriage to the Boyle family in the middle of the 18th century. David Boyle had been made the first Earl of Glasgow in 1703 and the family's main estate was centred around Kelburn Castle at Largs. By the 19th century the family found themselves in serious debt and Stanely Castle was abandoned and fell into ruin. In 1837 the marshland surrounding the castle was flooded to create the Stanely Reservoir, which supplied the people of Paisley and its surrounding areas with fresh water. Over the years, the reservoir level was raised. It now submerges the lower portion of the castle.

Other Castles in the Area
  Barr Castle, Ayrshire
  Barr Castle, Renfrewshire
  Bedlay Castle, Lanarkshire
  Bothwell Castle, Lanarkshire
  Buchanan Castle, Stirling
  Caprington Castle, Ayrshire
  Craigend Castle, East Dunbartonshire
  Culcreuch Castle, Stirling
  Dean Castle, Ayrshire
  Duchal Castle, Inverclyde
  Dumbarton Castle, Dunbartonshire
  Dundonald Castle, Ayrshire
  Eglinton Castle, North Ayrshire
  Gilbertfield Castle, Lanarkshire
  Johnstone Castle, Renfrewshire
  Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire
  Law Castle, Ayrshire
  Loudoun Castle, Ayrshire
  Mugdock Castle, Glasgow
  Newark Castle, Renfrewshire
  Newmilns Tower, Ayrshire
  Rowallan Old Castle, Ayrshire

Rowallan Old Castle
Stanely Castle

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