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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 04/11/1971


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Kirkmabreck

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 49464 54151
  • Coordinates: 249464, 554151


Late 15th century rectangular tower with upper works and stair jamb added in the late 16th century to give an L-plan tower. Roofless but complete to gableheads and ruins consolidated (Guardianship Monument). Flanking castle to the S are a pair of 18th century, 2-storey piend-roofed pavilions linked to castle by curtain walls.

TOWER: 3-storeys and attic L-plan with projecting jamb to NW. Roofless with only the floor over ground floor vault surviving. Random rubble walling, squared rubble quoins. Most openings have roll-moulded margins in pink/red coarse grained sandstone. Door in re-entrant angle with roll-moulded surround and moulded panel above with arms of Brown and dated 156-.The rather clumsy juxtaposition of jamb and main block and awkward window arrangement (jamb wall partly obscures a 2nd floor window of main block) would confirm stair jamb as a later addition. The ground floor contains 2 vaulted chambers each lit by 2 lights placed in vertical line, an unusual arrangement; the jamb is taken up with newel stair. The 1st floor has main hall/kitchen with large cooking hearth to N wall, and slop sink to W; the presence of these domestic elements also indicates an earlier date for main block. The 2nd floor has had paired chambers divided by timber partition wall (not extant), each with a fireplace to the gable walls and guarderobes to S. The cap-houses have been similarly divided, presumably lit by dormer windows. Above 2nd floor level and stair is carried in a round stair turret corbelled out from the W wall, jamb being shallowly corbelled out and containing a cap house. Angle rounds are corbelled out at 3 sides of main block and linked by a corbel stones. Coped end and wallhead stacks, stack to W gable with grotesque carving. Grotesque mask head to spout from slop sink at 1st floor.

STEADING: Listed only, not SAM.

2-storey with single storey lean-to to W, partly domestic partly agricultural buildings, rectangular plan with piended roofs. Painted rubble, Pavilion to W domestic; all single light windows sash and case with mixed 12 or 4-pane glazing. To E paired cart arches to ground (now blocked in rubble). Stair to rear (S) gives access to loft. Slate roofs. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Brick chimney to W.

Statement of Special Interest

The castle only is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, in care of the Secretary of State (not steading).

Scheduled Area 29 September 2004.



RCAHMS Inv 282. Macgibbon and Ross Vol III p530. (Geoffrey) Stell Exploring Scotlands Heritage. Dumfries and Galloway 1986 p90, 175.

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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.

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