Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 8195 77642
308195, 577642


Built circa 1760. Medium-scale Palladian mansion,

rectangular-plan, 3 storeys with sunk basement and roof

balustrade. 3-bay front and rear elevations, 5-bay flanks, lightly-droved red ashlar, polished dressings and continuous

cill band at 1st floor. E front: recessed distyle in antis

Doric porch, architraved door with traceried fanlight;

similarly proportioned tripartite above, inner light consoled

and pedimented, outer 1st floor windows each with consoled

cornice; 2nd floor windows in double-lugged architraves

(ground floor windows in double-lugged margins); angles

channelled at ground. Unmargined windows to other elevations:

continuous blocked cornice. Corniced stacks; piended

shallow-pitch slate roof concealed by parapet.

Low lean-to addition to rear (W) blocks original door;

louvered timber game store nearby.

INTERIOR: tripartite plan, and largely intact; some refitting

early 19th century; rear service rooms altered circa 1938 by

M Purdon Smith. Doric screen in entrance hall, cantilevered

stair beyond with cupola and with early 19th century

cast-iron balustrade. 18th and early 19th century

chimneypieces; some good cornice plasterwork, particularly in

large drawing room; long gallery full length of top floor

fitted out mid 19th century (?by John Starforth) for library

of William Bell MacDonald.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Dr James Mounsey, physician to Empress Elizabeth of


Mounsey bought Rammerscales in 1758, and returned to Scotland

in 1762. Estate sold by Mounsey's daughters to James Bell;

family now Bell-MacDonald.

Comparable recessed porch at Knockhill House in Hoddom Parish

dated 1777.



SRO NRA(S) 1837/7. NMRS - Copy of 1938 plan.

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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