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All that remains today of Johnstone Castle in Renfrewshire, Scotland is the protected Category B square central tower and a crow-stepped section of an older date. The original building dates back to the 16th century. Its L-shape consisted of three storeys and a wing remodelled as a Gothic tower.
|Johnstone Castle - North west elevation 2009|
The lands in Renfrewshire had passed to Sir Ludovic Houston in 1645; it was the fourth laird of Johnstone Castle, George Houston who in 1771 and 1812 had it extended in the castellated Gothic style.
Frederick Chopin, the Polish composer visited the castle in 1848. It’s said that a relationship existed between Chopin and Jane Stirling, the sister-in-law of the 5th laird. He became sick after a concert in Glasgow and was nursed by Jane and her sister for some weeks. A few months later Chopin died in Paris.
During World War II the MOD took over the castle and a POW camp was set up in the grounds. A Polish soldier who died at the castle is buried in the nearby woods. Supposedly Chopin’s music is sometime to be heard on moonlight nights between the castle and the woods.
|Johnstone Castle - viewed from south 2009|
Most of the house was demolished in 1950 and the land taken over by the local council. The remains of the castle are now surrounded by a housing estate.
Hilary Melton-Butcher's Scottish Castle yesterday was Inveraray Castle
- Johnstone Castle, North West Elevation; by wfmillar; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
- Johnstone Castle; by wfmillar; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.