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KillewarrenAlt:  Killiewarren, killewarren, Killywarren

Killewarren is the glen's oldest house in the Tynron, Dumfriesshire, glen, Dating from 1617. Originally a three-storied fortified house, it has tremendously thick walls. An arched gateway was demolished in the early 1800’s.

Pleasantly situated in wooded foothill country a mile north-west of Tynron, this is a small laird’s house of the early 17th century, plain and sturdy. It is oblong on plan and three storeys in height, the roof appearing to have been altered, as so frequently occurs. As also is typical, most windows have been enlarged and some built up. A more modern wing of two storeys has been erected to the west, and in the south front of this lies the present main door. Over this doorway two panels have been inserted, no doubt removed from over the original door which is on the other, or north,side of the house now obscured by modern work. The panels, now [?] pleasingly coloured, bear the arms of Douglas and the initials I.D. and F.D., with the date 1617. The early doorway is arched, with moulded surround. Internally the house has been completely modernised, no features of interest remaining. There is no vaulting, and one or two of the corbels for the support of the first floor are still to be seen at the kitchen ceiling. The usual arrangement of Hall on the first floor and bedroom accommodation above would prevail. There is now no stair within the old portion of the house, but the original turnpike would appear to have risen in the north-east angle, to the left of the old doorway. The building is in good repair, and is now occupied as a farmhouse, whitewashed and trim. - Nigel Tranter

The Queensberry Papers outline the acquisition of lands in Tynron. For example, in 1509 the lands of Schynell Croft are mentioned. 1606 saw the acquisition by Queensberry of Achinbrack, Mid-Schynelhead, Killiewarren, Benan, Denary (Pinzarie) and Craigencoon from Maitland of Auchingassel, Penpont, part of the Barony of Tibbers. In 1686 Queensberry Estate bought the manor and pertinents of Douglas of Stenhouse.


Killywarren, about two miles further up the Shinnel, is interesting as being an old castle of the Douglas family, which has been roofed in and served the purpose of a farm-house. The coat of arms of the old family, elaborately carved, and a square stone beneath, bearing the date 1617, are inserted above the arched door of the newer part of the house. The huge whinstones which form the foundation of the old tall gable, the small windows, those of the third storey being close in the eaves of the roof, and the curious sloping and triangular garden behind, give Killywarren a very peculiar appearance. Inside the steepness of the stairs and the thickness of the walls are equally remarkable.
Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society; 2010


Grave marker, Tynron Churchyard:
•  Displaced table stone. Here lies interred the body of Janet McCall spouse to William Deugane in Killywarren, d. 1'8th Jan., 1718, a. 47. Ereoted by William Deugane.
•  Stone with urn and roses. To Janet Lason, d. at Killywarren, 29th May, 1851, a. 72. Also Thomas Maxwell her husband, d. there 26th July, 1854, a. 77.
•  To Janet Hyslop spouse of Robert Armstrong, d. at Killyewarren, 21st March, 1812, a. 67. A10 Jean Hyslop spouse of John Armstrong their son, d. at Laggan, 21st March, 1823; and others.

Killiewarren House
in 1951


• Robert Cuthbertson was head of family in Killiewarren in 1834.
• The armormial is that of Douglases of Drumlanrig, undifferenced.

See also:

  • Douglas of Killiewarren
  • Douglas of Tibbers

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