Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 97446 76025
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 Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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