AN A-LISTED castle in Cove which was at the centre of a legal battle spanning more than 20 years has been sold for more than £1.25 million.

Knockderry Castle was put on the market in July last year, having previously been owned by Marian van Overwaele.

The sequestration case started over a disputed bill worth £230 associated with repairs at a bridalwear business run by Ms van Overwaele in Helensburgh.

She was taken to civil court over that, with the BBC reporting that legal fees and outlays grew to more than £1 million.

Ownership of the castle was transferred to her brother, George Amil.

The family was eventually evicted from the property in March 2022.

In a BBC documentary, Ms van Overwaele said she paid an initial sum to property factor Hacking and Paterson, and that the £230 balance had nothing to do with her.

She maintained this despite a sheriff at Dumbarton Sheriff Court ruling that she should pay the sum.

Ms van Overwaele told the BBC she had “lost everything”.