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- Category: A
- Date Added: 04/11/1971
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish: Kirkbean
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NX 97745 54282
- Coordinates: 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
Marked on Ainslies map of 1797 as a "land mark" (see SRO
"Lighthouse" keeper appointed 1811.
OLD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, vol XV pp.127-8 Truckell, Duncan &
Scott, KIRKBEAN PARISH & CHURCH 1976 p.21 Groome, GAZETTEER
vol. vi p.364 Dumfries & Galloway Advertiser 13.9.1958
Dumfries Town Council Minutes.
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