Drone films crumbling stately home in East Renfrewshire

Caldwell House, circa 1910. The Grade A-listed building is now in ruins. Picture: Wikicommons

Caldwell House, circa 1910. The Grade A-listed building is now in ruins. Picture: Wikicommons

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It was once one of the finest mansion houses in Scotland, built in an experimental ‘castle style’ popular in the late 18th century.

But Caldwell House, near the village of Lugton in East Renfrewshire, is now a shadow of its former self.

The Grade A-listed building, designed by the celebrated Scots architect Robert Adam, has lain empty for over three decades. Its condition has rapidly deteriorated in recent years due to vandalism and general neglect.

Now stunning drone footage has revealed the full extent of the damage to this historic property, which dates to 1771.

Filmed by the Paisley Heritage and Mysteries group, the footage swoops across the estate and offers a bird’s eye view of the crumbling mansion.

Built for William Mure of Glanderstoun, the house was sold by his descendents in 1909 and was converted to a mental hospital 20 years later.

The health facility was closed in 1977 and an alternative use for the house was never found.

The Caldwell estate was a seat of Scottish nobles dating back to at least the 11th century. The 18th century mansion replaced a medieval castle, the remains of which still stand nearby.

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