A picture taken during my most recent weekly country walk with friends (one of whose heads you can just see poking out of the bushes on the left!), this time of EastEnd House which lies in the midst of the sizeable Carmichael Estate about six miles south of Lanark.
The house was originally on a separate estate occupied by a branch of the Carmichael family who separated from the senior line around 1500.
EastEnd comprises a 37 room mansion house of four floors with the oldest visible part of the building, which is claimed to have a much more ancient nucleus, being an early 16th century keep (a fortified tower). To this were added tall crowstepped wings to the east and west in 1673, and these in turn were joined up on the south by a typical 18th century bow-fronted addition which completely obscured the keep on that side. In the mid 19th century large “Scottish baronial” extensions were added to the west.
The building is listed on the “Castles of Scotland” map and is a listed historic building, Category B. Unfortunately, the building suffers from extensive dry rot in its timbers, is no longer habitable and will no doubt finish its days in ruin.
Interestingly, EastEnd House was used by the Polish Army between August 1940 and May 1941. A stone in the house, with the Polish eagle on it, commemorates the event.
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