Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 72930 33909
372930, 633909


James Nisbet, John Laidlaw, masons and John Purves,

carpenter 1771-1773, altered by William Elliot in 1823 and

belfry over north porch added in 1833. Octagonal on plan with

vestibule wings projecting from the north and south sides;

blocked doors at east and west sides arched and

pedimented, body of church is two storey with square

hood-moulded windows to gallery, coursed rubble with droved

dressings and cill-courses pyramidal slated roof with

octagonal lantern at the apex. North and south projecting

wings are pedimented with key-blocked round-headed,

hood-moulded windows over entrance foors. Italiante timber

belfry over north porch added 1833. Interior: Flat ceiling

substituted for original domed interior in 1823 to improve

acoustics, gallery altered to horse-shoe shape and new

pulpit etc installed by Usher Holme (Liverpool) 1895

Statement of Special Interest

James Brown of Edinburgh, was consulted by heritors about

the state of the previous church in 1770 (Colvin 144).

Designs for additions produced by James Gillespie Graham

in 1823 were not executed (NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT iii


Ecclesiastical Building in use as such.




TOWN KELSO (1825) p 118; Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL


Ancient Monuments of Scotland, ROXBURGHSHIRE, i 246-7 and

figs 105, 304; STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, x (1794)

585-6; NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT iii 335-6, and information

courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

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. 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.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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