Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 98979 57430
298979, 557430


Classical mansion house built for and probably designed by William Craik of Arbigland. Chimneypiece dated 1755 may date house. 2 storeys over raised basement; symmetrical flanking wings; some alterations and additions. Coursed and squared rubble with contrasting red ashlar dressings and rusticated quoins. South elevation: 5 bays; 3 inner bays advanced and pedimented with giant Ionic pilasters, ground floor pushed

unfortunately forward and corniced square porch added in 2nd quarter 19th century (latter has pedimented doorcase and rusticated quoins); outer windows in lugged architraves, segmentally-pedimented ground floor windows with aprons, windows above have bracketted cills. Base course and cornice; urn finials to low parapet; dormers; symmetrically

placed margined and corniced stacks; flanking wings have canted fronts with single windows and facetted roofs with apex urn finials; linked to main house by single bays with alcove niches. House has 3-bay flanks. Inner bays of north elevation also advanced and pedimented, off-centre bow added probably late 18th century; fenestration altered, some windows now mullioned; single wooden oriel; square addition to east and to west of house linked with wings; slated roofs.

Statement of Special Interest

Date from owner. William Craik is know to have been an architect of some competence, and it would be surprising had he not designed at least some of the 18th century buildings on the estate, including probably, his own house. 1833 sketch in NMRS shows front before additions, with perron; additions shown on 1st ed OS (1851).

Well maintained gardens (open to the public) include some architectural features including wellhead with decorative iron pulley bracket, and loggia in walled area said to mark site of earlier house. Arbigland House, former stables, Gatepiers and Walled Garden form an A group.



COUNTRY LIFE August 1954

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.

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