Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 94331 84087
294331, 584087


Built circa 1785, additions and alterations circa 1920.

Symmetrical, originally severely classical, 3-storey mansion

house with sunk basement: polished red ashlar, channelled at

basement. Original house: 5-bay south elevation with

architraved windows corniced at ground, curved 5-light

window replaced original central porch, north elevation with

full-height central bow; west elevation: 5 narrower bays

with platt spanning basement area. Additions to east comprise full-height narrow bay set back at north and south with

windows in tall panels and projecting entrance bay set into

east facade with channelled pilaster strips, large round-

arched mullioned and transomed window over east-facing

Doric-columned and open-pedimented doorpiece: panelled 2-leaf

door in cavetto reveals. Mutule cornice to all elevations; partly-balustraded parapet; symmetrically placed stacks;

shallow-pitched piended slate roof.

Curved basement area to east enclosed by cast-iron

balustrade; tunnel at north east below main drive.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Patrick Miller, inventor of steam navigation. A

print published 1792 in the Ewart Library, Dumfries shows the

house without the roof parapet, although early 20th century

postcards show the parapet to have been added before the

house was extended. The house, and some of the estate

buildings may be by Alexander Nasmyth who was a close friend

of Millar's; Nasmyth's son, Patrick, may have been called

after Millar (for more on this see NASMYTH EXHIBITION

CATALOGUE, St Andrews 1979 - copy in NMRS).




ILLUSTRATED vol I, 1894, (illus. opp p.38)

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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