Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 82212 89688
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Complex house, largely 17th century, but incorporating earlier work. General appearance now asymmetrical. 3-story U-plan mansion house with courtyard open at south. Altered and restored 1969-73, Michael Laird and Partners, architects; later 19th century baronial additions removed west wing substantially remodelled, swimming pool added to east. Harled with red or pink ashlar dressings, margins, crowsteps and circa 1870 dormer heads; small-paned sash windows. Inner (north) range of house has large round-arched centre opening to either elevation (now principal doors); small courtyard door to east, nearby; conical-roofed circular stair turret in re-entrant angle opposite with later 17th century crest above door; east range mostly vaulted at basement, possible tower house incorporated at south; west-facing door with

inscribed lintel and 1641 crest; corresponding door lintel in west range opposite carved by Hew Lorminer dated 1971. North elevation has outer gables South end of west range formerly bowed, now gabled (rooms retain bowed interior); lower 2-storey range, with quoins exposed, returns east into courtyard and contains upper room with rib-vaulted ceiling believed to have been Annie Laurie's boudoir; modern forestair leads to north- facing door (former window). Coped stacks, slate roofs.



MAXWELTON HOUSE, n.d. (guide book) TRANSACTIONS OF THE DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY 1949-50 article 10 by Michael Laird and partners. RCAHM INVENTORY, 1920 no. 235

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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