Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
New Abbey
NX 96050 66617
296050, 566617


David Bryce, architect. Dated 1856. Scottish Baronial mansion


2-storeys with attics over raised basement. Squared white

granite blocks, partly cherry-caulked, contrasting red ashlar

margins, quoins, crow-steps, corbels and dressings. Gabled

porch in south west re-entrant angle below ground floor

level, door in lugged architrave, continuous string over

basement raised over plaque above door; 2 outer gables to

west elevation; twin gables to south; east elevation: 2

canted ground floor windows, that to right, in tall gabled

bay, splayed inwards at basement, corbelled to chamfer at 1st

floor, and to square at main eaves level; conical-roofed

bartizan to right; other window with ball finials, 2 1st

floor windows above with pedimented dormer heads; deeply

recessed right bay corbelled above ground floor,

conical-roofed turret in re-entrant angle, rising above

eaves, with weathervane finial. Sash windows with small

panes, central lugs to most window jambs. Coped wall-head or

apex stacks; slate roofs, with fish-scaling to conical roofs.

Interior (attics completed 1866 by James Barbour of

Dumfries, architect): some good timberwork (eg on stair) and

cornice plasterwork.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for William Stewart. Now a museum of Costume (opened


Bryce's original drawings (1854) for a more ambitious project

than that carried out.

A dispute between architect and client resulted in Barbour of

Dumfries being asked to complete the building.

Barbour produced scheme for additions 1897 (not executed)

(copies in NMRS).



Family papers held by Mr Stewart, Glenharvie.

Bryce & Barbour drawings held by Royal Scottish Museum

(Copies in NMRS).

Pub. University of Edinburgh, MR DAVID BRYCE, 1976

(Exhibition Catalogue)


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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