Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 93594 83225
293594, 583225


Several building phases, comprising circa 1589 rectangular-

plan tower house linked at south east angle to early 19th

century house in Z-plan arrangement: rear courtyard formed by outbuildings which extend west from tower house west wall

and from south gable of house (former range includes 1700

datestone). All rubble-built with ashlar dressings (house

painted). Tower house: 3 storeys with attic, turrets with

curved roof corbelled over 2 diametrically opposite angles,

door to courtyard with armorial panel above, and yett;

gabled wall-head dormer either face; crow-stepped gables:

coped end stack. Interior vaulted at ground level, wheel

stair within south east angle. House: originally 2 storeys,

3 bays, 2nd floor with pedimented dormer heads added 1882

(dated), Peddie and Kinnear of Edinburgh, architects: east-

facing central door and small-paned sash windows (1

bipartite): crow-stepped gables: end stacks. All roofs


Statement of Special Interest

Crest is that of Ferguson of Isle. Robert Burns is said to

have stayed in the tower for a time while Ellisland was

being built.




III pp 393-4 (1977 reprint)

RCAHM INVENTORY no 337 (inc. photo and plan)

Peddie and Kinnear drawings index and 1955 sale catalogue


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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