Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 19345 74582
319345, 574582


Circa 1791. Unusual and symmetrically arranged pair of

2-storey houses, that nearest W the birthplace of Thomas

Carlyle. Rubble-built with ashlar dressings; whitewashed,

with contrasting painted amrgins. 5 bays, wide central

depressed-arched pend with Venetian window over; sash

windows in outer bays at each floor; panelled door with

fanlight and datestone over to intermediate bays (1573

stone reset - other stone modern). Small-paned glazing.

Houses both originally with doorway into pend, that to E now

a window. Straight skews; corniced end stacks; slate roof.

Asymmetrical and altered rear (S) wings, full-height wing

nearest W (now caretaker's house) added/heightened in 19th

century, extended one bay in 20th century; late 19th century

openings to courtyard.

INTERIOR: Carlyle's birthplace contains family furnishings

and memorabilia, some associated with house; large kitchen

fireplace with stone corbels supporting long lintel.

Cobbled pavement with "loupin-on" stone.

Statement of Special Interest

Carlyle's birthplace is the property of the National Trust

for Scotland and is open to the public.

Said to have been built by Carlyle's father and uncle.



National Trust for Scotland leaflet gives some details (copy

in NMRS).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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