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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 03/08/1971


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 74142 90903
  • Coordinates: 274142, 590903


William Adam, architect. Dated 1729. Classical mansion; 2

storeys and attic over raised basement. Some alterations

probably mid 19th century, and additions to rear including

private chapel by John Starforth, 1889. Painted render, with

contrasting margins and rusticated quoins. East elevation: 7

bays, inner bay slightly advanced and pedimented; central

door in channelled margins, pedimented doorpiece altered to

fit porch and broad straight flight of steps added mid 19th

century; doorpiece repaired 1932 when porch removed;

segmental-arched 1st floor window, blind oculus and urn

finials to main pediment; other windows all square-headed,

sashes, with 12-pane glazing (9-pane at basement).

Eaves/lintel band and main cornice continued on all

elevsations; pedimented dormers, corniced massive stacks with

rusticated quoins; piended and platform slate roof, swept at

eaves. 4-bay flanks; corbelled mid 19th century oriel to

south; house now L-plan, rear wing extends north elevation by

3 additional bays; low, 1932, flat-roofed and urn-finialed

library beyond with loggia to south. Former west door (now a

window) in re-entrant angle, later in moulded architrave with

depressed ogee head and segmental pediment. Open court at

north, chapel with canted north end and facetted steep slate

roof, to west, alongside.

Interior: incorporates earlier fabric, including spiral

stair; altered probably mid 19th century - some wall

partitions removed; some detailing of finely carved main

stair altered and wall panelling added to give Jacobean

effect; fine chimney piece with Classical ornament on south

wall of inner hall flanked by alcoves, modillion cornices;

dining room (in rear wing) has "neo-Georgian" ornament

chapel; galler on single central column; crown-post roof; 3

leaded windows 1 blocked at present, others by Ward & Hughes,

London, 1890.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Alexander Ferguson of Craigdarrocch and Annie

Laurie. Rear wing not shown on 1st ed OS (surveyed 1856).

Alterations to main stair are comparable with work at

Capenoch designed by David Bryce, 1854. West door similar to

main door at Ross Mains (1728), Kirkmichael.



VITRUVIUS SCOTICUS, n.d. (1980 reprint) plates 77 & 78. NMRS

- copy of building estimate (1726); - 1975 sale catalogue; - CRAIGDARROCH (pamphlet by H H Sykes, 1979).

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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.

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