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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Group Category Details: A - 263, 264
  • Date Added: 11/07/1961


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Burgh: Dumfries

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 97552 75692
  • Coordinates: 297552, 575692


1740-2 church tower; spire contracted for in 1742 by

Alexander Fleck and Thomas Twaddel and added to previous

church; latter demolished, present church built 1744-6,

contractors Fleck and Twaddel with James Harley. All built of

red sandstone, ashlar dressings and margins.

Tower: square-plan; 4 undiminishing stages with rusticated

openings, simple pinnacles enclose base of facetted tall

(50') stone spire with lucarnes, gilded finial and cock.

Vestibule opened, and present main door probably also formed,


Church: rectangular-plan, with key-blocked round-headed

windows, piended and platformed leaded and slated roof.

2 tall W-facing lights flank tower; 2 tiers openings to

other elevations, though E wall also has 2 tall windows

flanking pulpit; 4-bay long (N and S) flanks originally

with doors in outer bays; doors nearest tower with 19th

century porches; 1869 vestry at NE enlarged 1881. Eaves

course; cornice.

Interior: divided by 2 large stone arcades into "nave and

aisles"; much altered; re-seated 1869; renovated 1881 and

timber galleries (to 3 walls) renewed; pulpit central on

each wall also probably 1881, though incorporating original

back-board pilasters and bell-cast sounding board.

Organ by Willis of London; stained glass windows; numerous

memorial wall-plaques. 1451 bell re-cast 1818 and again

1839 by Thomas Mears, London.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. The Town Council had

called in William Adam who produced a scheme for a new church,

but a plan "by the Tradesmen of this place..... (produced) a considerable less charge....." was preferred. In

September 1745, lead for the roof was sold for bullets, "to

answer present necessity" ie Prince Charles Edward Stuart's

approaching the town. The original plan had proposed a triple

roof; details such as the spire ornaments were modelled on

the Dumfries New Church; and some of the piends still have

scalloped flashings.



J Paton, THE BOOK OF ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, 1904, (with photos

and transcripts from presbytery minutes). G Hay, ARCHITECTURE


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Listed Buildings

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