Listed Building

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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

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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