Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 97990 68033
297990, 568033


Composite house, nucleus a 16th century house, 5 additional

building phases until 1823 when tall private chapel block

was added to north. Tower house: L-plan; 3 storeys with

gabled taller jam; mostly roll-moulded openings (bipartites

inserted at south); corbelled parapet encloses roof;

rubble-built with red ashlar dressings. 17th century

addition to south of tower house added in 2 phases, 2

storeys, harled west elevation includes blocked segmental-

arched roll-moulded doorway, single pedimented dormer head

retained. Gabled wing (probably first half of 18th century)

returns east from north end of latter thus completing

U-plan house with open court at east, but latter filled

mid 18th century by neat, symmetrical 3-storey 5-bay house

built of red brick with red ashlar lintels, cills, quoins

and inner bay dressings. Former chapel block is orientated

east-west, and linked to house by low corridor; 2-storeys,

red brick, segmental arched openings to service area at

ground, chapel and priest's room above have openings mostly round-headed; fore-stair on long north wall, lean-to's to

south. Glazing throughout mostly small-paned sashes; all

roofed with graded slates.

Interior: tower house vaulted at ground; chapel has coved

ceiling; pilasters at either end of chapel frame altar

recess and raised family pew. Quadrangular court to rear

(west), ashlar coped brick-built walls linked with tower

house and with chapel; (? circa 1800) brick outbuildings

at west and slated pend.

Statement of Special Interest

Chapel has been de-consecrated. House of Maxwell (later

Maxwell-Witham) of Kirkconnel.

3-storey, 5-bay brick house built for James Maxwell (d.1762)

after his return from the continent circa 1750.




OWNERS IN GALLOWAY, vol V (1879) p.220.

R G Mann, BONNIE GALLAWA' (pub. Dumfries Courier and Herald,

2nd ed. n.d.) p.14 (provides date of chapel)

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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