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AMISFIELD TOWERLB17233

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 03/08/1971

Location

  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Tinwald

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 99203 83800
  • Coordinates: 299203, 583800

Description

1600 panel probably dates re-modelling of existing (? 16th

century) tower house. Rectangular-plan; 4 storeys with attics

and garrets above. Rubble-built, with red ashlar dressings.

Circular stair turret corbelled above ground level on south

east angle, corbelled at 3rd floor to ashlar-built 3-storey

gabled tower with rope-moulded apex stack and skews, dormers

to flanks; gabled rectangular cap house above, set astride

gable head. Ashlar-built 2-storey turrets corbelled over

remaining angles, with curved semi-conical roofs.

Roll-moulded off-centre door on south wall, windows above

have nail-head decoration; 2nd floor window flanked by

plaques; single, corbelled dormer with decorative jambs and

shaped gable head; chequer-corbelled eaves. All larger

openings below relieving arches. Gunports. Crow-stepped west

gable (hollowed steps) and apex stack with rope moulding;

slated roofs.

Interior: guard room(?) and vaulted chamber with cobbled

floor at ground level, L-shaped chambers above (to

accommodate stair); fireplace with shafted jambs on west wall

of 1st and 2nd floor chambers; stone-flagged floor in former,

original painted frieze in latter; ceiling joists on stone

corbels. Attic and garrets no longer floored.

Incorporated in south west angle of walled garden (listed

separately).

Statement of Special Interest

Not occupied but well maintained and virtually unaltered.

The original wooden door, dated 1600, and bearing a

representation of Samson slaying the Lion, is in the National

Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh (illus in INVENTORY).

The plaques above the door are dated 1600, and bear initials

and arms of John Charteris of Amisfield and of Agnes Maxwell

his wife.

Some interesting graffiti especially on 1st floor east

window ingoes, dating from 17th century.

Scheduled Ancient Monument.

References

Bibliography

RCAHM INVENTORY OF DUMFRIES, 1920 no 578 (inc. illus. &

plans)

MacGibbon and Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE, vol

II, 1887 (1979 reprint) pp20-23 (inc. illus & plans)

About Designations

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