Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 97745 54282
297745, 554282


Peter Milligan of Burran mason of 1748 navigational marker

pillar; subsequently heightened at instigation of Mrs Oswald

of Auchencruive. Became a lighthouse probably circa 1811:

raised to present height by Walter Newall 1842-3: disused

from 1867 until re-opening 4.8.1894 following thorough

modernisation. Tall, slightly battered square-plan lighthouse

tower. Painted rubble. 3 angles curved inwards at upper

level towards curved and glazed light opening: curved

parapet walkway on corbels in front of latter. Segmental-

arched and boarded door with iron "yett" at foot of east

face. Curved, low-pitched slate roof with apex ventilator.

Internal wooden stair.

Statement of Special Interest

Built and formerly maintained by Dumfries Town Council.

Original pillar contracted to be 30' high, and it was

recommended that a beacon be placed on it; 1837 report

gives height as 36'.

OSA report suggests a "greater advantage were lights placed

in it".

Marked on Ainslies map of 1797 as a "land mark" (see SRO

RHP 37657).

"Lighthouse" keeper appointed 1811.

Now disused.



OLD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, vol XV pp.127-8 Truckell, Duncan &


vol. vi p.364 Dumfries & Galloway Advertiser 13.9.1958

Dumfries Town Council Minutes.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

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. 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.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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