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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 1751 70179
201751, 570179


Circa 1819. Former school and adjoining schoolhouse, now comprising one dwelling. Single storey and attic, 3-bay house, with single storey, 5-bay school adjoined to W, forming long range. Painted rubble. Painted brick dressings, including long and short quoins and margins, to schoolhouse porch and left porch of school.

S ELEVATION: 3-bay schoolhouse to right, 5-bay school to left.

SCHOOLHOUSE: square stone porch at centre, with dentil course, cornice and blocking course; door to left return and window to S. Window in outer bays. Gabled dormer windows above outer bays.

SCHOOL: square stone porch in bay to outer left, with dentil course and blocking course; door to S. Gabled stone porch in bay to right of centre, with ball finial; window to right return, reduced from doorway, and window to S. Window in each remaining bay.

E ELEVATION: 2 lower gabled additions to left and right; left addition with window to S and flat-roofed porch to E gable.

W ELEVATION: gable to right, with brick wall adjoined to left and sliding machinery door to right. Later piended addition to left, with painted brick dressings; window to left and right, with tall off-set wallhead stack between.

N ELEVATION: L-plan, formed by piended addition to right; gabled addition, with further adjoining flat-roofed addition, in re-entrant angle.

Sash and case windows, with variety of glazing; 6-pane to school, some 2-pane, some 12-pane. Red sandstone coped skews. Gablehead stacks to E and W, ridge between school and schoolhouse. Grey slates. Octagonal cans.

BOUNDARY WALL: rubble boundary wall to schoolhouse to S. Pair of rubble conical-capped drum gatepiers.

Statement of Special Interest

Mahaar School was erected about 1819, according to the THIRD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT. The piended addition to the north-west was added between 1847 and 1893, because it is not marked on the OS Map of 1847, but is marked on the OS Map of 1893. Mahaar School was the original parish school for Kirkcolm; it was closed in 1965. The school has since been incorporated with the schoolhouse to form one dwelling.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT Vol IV (1845) Wigton, pp120-121. OS Map 1849, Wigtownshire, Sheet 4 (surveyed 1847). OS Map 1896, Wigtownshire,

Sheet V SW (surveyed 1892-3). THIRD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT Vol 14 (1965) p477.

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