MacLellan's Castle was built in the 1570s in
the centre of Kirkcudbright Town, next to the
River Dee and Harbour.
MacLellan's Castle History
875 - Monks from the Holy Isle of
Lindisfarne had to flee Norse invaders with the
Bones of St Cuthbert, seeking sanctuary at
It is thought there was a church above the
east side of the Town around that time named St
Cuthbert's, where the Cemetery is today.
A Settlement was probably around the area of
the present day Harbour.
1100s - a Castle is built a few hundred
yards southwest of where MacLellan's Castle
stands today, only the Mound and Foundations
remain, next to Castledykes Road.
1449 - Greyfriars Monastery is built on the
site of the present day MacLellan's Castle.
1569 - Thomas MacLellan of Bombie obtained
the site of the ruined Greyfriars Monastery.
Stone from the Old Castle and Monastery were
used to build the new Castle, only the small
Chapel was retained, now known as Greyfriars
Greyfriars Church contains the Burial Aisle
of the MacLellan Family.
1577 - Construction of MacLellan's Castle
1633 - Thomas MacLellan was made 1st Lord
Kirkcudbright. He had served time in Prison at
Edinburgh in his younger years for an affray in
Kirkcudbright, and for shooting a relative of
the Minister of Kirkcudbright Church.