Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 81082 53167
281082, 553167


Later 18th century house largely rebuilt and incorporated

into large 1881 Baronial mansion. Asymmetrical elevations

with lower 2-storey central block and taller advanced angle

bays, crowstepped gables, corbelled turrets, tall coped

stacks. An important internal feature is an elaborately

carved piscina/aumbry reset in hall. 2-storeys, attic and

basements. Bull-faced granite walling, polished margins and

quoins, thinly roll-moulded openings; some pinned rubble

walling to centre block indicates 18th-century work.

S elevation: 5-bay, taller advanced gabled end bays, that to

right with moulded sandstone neo-Jacobean pilastered

doorpiece, panel above inscribed WD 1851, RD 1921.

Double-leaf timber boarded doors with elaborately decorative

hinges. Over door at 1st, panel dated 1881, above this

projecting corbel-string course, corbelled canted oriel set

in gable. To extreme left bay, corbelled angle turrets flank

gable. Central 3 bays lower 2-storey with projecting canted

window to ground left. Deep plain parapet with false cannon

gargoyles. Windows single light or bipartite (tripartite to

ground left). Sash and case with 2-pane or plate glass


Other elevations asymmetrical and similarly detailed with

full-height or corbelled round turrets with conical slate

roofs and lead spike finials. Band course over ground,

partial corbel course over 1st. All gables crowstepped with

stone finial, slate roofs, tall coped wallhead and axial


Interior: mostly circa 1880 with some later details. Good

panelled stair hall with carved timber balusters, good carved

timber neo-Jacobean chimneypieces. Entrance hall with reset

medieval piscina/aumbry and mock baronial stone chimneypiece.

Statement of Special Interest

B group with Orchardton Stables. Original house built circa

1761 for Robert Maxwell. The initials WDRD over door are

those of William Douglas Robinson-Douglas, b1851, d1921. He

succeeded to Orchardton 1878 and the panel 1881 records the

date of his additions to the house. The architect is unknown

but interior and exterior details suggest the Wardrop and

Reid partnership (qv Kinnerdy House, Angus).



Groome vol V p130. A Gray and H M Paton: AUCHENCAIRN AND


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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