Baltersan Castle is situated near Maybole.
According to an inscription (now illegible) on the entrance lintel, it
was built in 1584 for John Kennedy of Pennyglen and Margaret Cathcart, his spouse.
A closer inspection of the building and historic records, suggest
differently though. Instead of being the main house of a small estate, Baltersan may have been
built as the residence of Quintin Kennedy, Abbot of Crossraguel from 1548 to 1564.
On Timothy Pont's map of North Carrick, published in Amsterdam in 1654
by Johannes Blaeu, Baltersan is shown clearly fenced and well planted with trees.
Pont would have seen the tower around 1588-90 when, if John Kennedy of
Pennyglen is to be believed, the house would only have been inhabited for less than 10
The Castle Today
Currently, the Baltersan Castle is put up for sale
and is in need of restoration.
Directions: Kirkoswald Rd, Maybole, South
Ayrshire KA19, UK
Approximate Geographic Coordinates: 55.342789, -4.709787
Baltersan Castle in a larger map