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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 11/07/1961


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 97446 76025
  • Coordinates: 297446, 576025


Thomas Boyd of Dumfries, 1790-2; theatre, re-modelled by

C J Phipps of London, 1876; repaired by Colin Morton,

1959-60, after fire damage. Rectangular-plan, original

W gabled elevation remodelled by Phipps, original portico

replaced by full width 2-storey range, one bay in depth

and with clasping pilasters, with 3 large round-arched

doorways, band at impost level; 1st floor central pilastrade; string/band courses; dentilled cornice and piended roof;

long S flank to Queen Street also altered, but with original

rusticated quoins at SE corner. Mainly rendered with ashlar

dressings; all painted. Slate roofs.

Interior: mostly by Morton; decorative iron gallery

front by Phipps survives; stage at E end. Extension to NE.

Statement of Special Interest

Inscribed medallion held in Dumfries Museum shows original

appearance. Said to be the oldest surviving purpose-built

theatre in Scotland; frequented by Robert Burns who took an

active role in its establishment. Re-opened after fire




MacDowall, HISTORY OF DUMFRIES, 1867, p. 703. H Colvin,


1978, p. 128. Ed MacIntosh and Sell, CURTAINS, 1982, p. 114.

Dickie, DUMFRIES, n.d. (3rd ed), p. 116.

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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