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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 97545 75699
297545, 575699


Irregular-plan enclosure containing church, Burns' mausoleum

and major series of fine monuments, mostly 18th and 19th

century. Gate at NW, tall pilastered and urn-finialled

painted ashlar piers perhaps mid 18th century and with watch

houses contained within; wrought-iron gates and over-throw.

Rubble-built enclosure walls. Very grand vigorous baroque

Sharp of Hoddom monument circa 1710 (restored 1894); martyr's

slabs and 1834 granite obelisk monument inscribed "A Newall".

Many tall upright slabs; Hood family monuments by Walter

Newall. Cholera epidemic enclosure. Holy Cross churchyard

and chapel.

Statement of Special Interest

Sharp of Hoddom monument compares with the Smith's monument for

the 3rd Duke of Hamilton, 1696 (see also Christie's sale

Catalogue 13-14th Dec 1984, lot 255). Loudon drew attention

to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dumfries as important examples of

cemeteries with fine upright monuments. He also advertised

the qualities of locally made monuments together with freight

charges for their transportation.



W MacDowall, MEMORIALS OF ST MICHAEL'S 1876. J S Curle in

GARDEN HISTORY, Vol II, No 2, 1983 (paper on J C Loudon)

GARDENER'S MAGAZINE Vol VII (1831), p. 529, (illus of Newall's

Hood monuments).

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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