Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
St Ninians
NS 81258 93878
281258, 693878


Earlier 18th century. 2-storey symmetrical 5-bay laird's house, with 1-bay single storey extension to E and later single storey L-plan long pantiled steading attached to W (see Notes) which terminates with the probably later 2-storey granary and hayloft. White painted harl with black painted margins. 1st storey windows abut eaves band. Central entrance doorway. Crowstepped gables. Few irregular window openings to rear. 3 metal rooflights.

Openings bricked up (2004). Gable stacks. Grey graded slate.

Statement of Special Interest

Borrowmeadow is a good example of an earlier 18th century laird's house with associated buildings. Laird's houses for middle ranking landowners became fashionable in the late 17th and early 18th century. They are characterised by their simple symmetrical facades and typical Scottish detailing, such as the crowstepped gables which are found at Borrowmeadow. They provided comfortable and well laid out accommodation.

Borrowmeadow has an unusually long L-plan pantiled steading which is physically attached to the house. A boundary wall divides the steading from the house. The first Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1860-61 shows that a further range which is no longer extant ran at right angles to the granary forming a courtyard of farm buildings which despite their proximity to the main house were clearly distinguished from it with the use of the boundary wall. The house had a separate entrance from that of the courtyard. A horse mill which served the granary no longer survives.

The building is unoccupied and in poor repair. (2005)



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1860-61). John G Dunbar, The Historic Architecture of Scotland 1966 p.83. Sonya Linksaill, Borrowmeadow, A Conservation Plan 2005. NBR

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