Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NW 99985 54149
199985, 554149


1765. 2-storey with basement and attic, 3-bay rectangular-plan house. Painted render to SE and SW elevations, exposed rubble to NW elevation. Margins to windows.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps to central advanced, pedimented bay, oversailing/bridging basement recess; pilastered doorpiece with consoled cornice; 4-panel timber door with small ogee-headed panes to fanlight; basement window to right; single window at 1st floor; oculus to tympanum. Flanking single windows to basement, ground and 1st floor of recessed bays (no basement window to right).

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: regular fenestration to all floors, (windows at basement and ground floor to outer right infilled). Small window at attic to base of wallhead stack.

SW ELEVATION: 2 small adjoining outbuildings at basement, lean to to outer left, gabled entrance to outer right; 2 single windows at ground floor; single window to right at 1st floor; 2 small single windows at attic.

4-pane timber sash and case windows to SE and SW, 9-and 12-pane to NW; rooflight to NW. Grey slate roof; stone skews; square skewputts; corniced gablehead stacks, central wallhead stack to NW; circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1997.

BOUNDARY WALLS: coped painted rubble boundary walls.

Statement of Special Interest

The house and adjoining property (No 47 Main Street), were built as the Customs Officer's House and offices, on ground feued by James Hunter Blair of Dunskey to the Hon Commissioners of Customs, when Portpatrick was an important packet harbour.



Ordnance Survey map, 1849 (evident); J Gifford DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY (1996), p492; J D Mackenzie and R R Cunningham (1997), p41.

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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