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- Category: A
- Date Added: 03/08/1971
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish: Hoddom
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NY 19345 74582
- Coordinates: 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
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