Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Dalry (Dumf & Galloway)
NX 61268 84022
261268, 584022

Removal Reason

Building to be delisted to remove dual designation. Monument will remain scheduled


Late 16th or early 17th century L-plan tower-house; 3 storeys

and attics. Random rubble walling with roughly squared

quoins, and slate roofs. A 2-storey mid 17th-century (1655)

addition formerly adjoined W gable, demolished circa 1850;

single-storey 19th-century rubble-built steading abuts jamb

to S.

Access to the tower is by depressed-arch doorway in

re-entrant angle; above rises stair-turret supported on

roughly cut rows of corbels. This rises to full-height, being

further corbelled out at 2nd floor resting on 4 bull-nosed

corbels. Cat-slide turret-roof incorporated into main roof.

The windows to the 1st floor hall probably mid 17th-century

enlargements with roll-moulded jambs. Otherwise window and

door openings with bull-nosed chamfering. To N-elevation 2

1st floor windows with restored roll-moulded jambs. Below

easternmost 1st floor window to S an inserted stone dated

1655 and inscribed WG MH (William Gordon, Mary Hope) pierced

by a circular hole has been resited from W addition.The gable

line of this wing abutting the main tower can clearly be

seen, along with a blocked communicating door to 1st floor.

Interior: stone barrel-vaulted cellars to ground floor, wheel

stair occupies whole of jamb to 1st floor level. Remains of

fine 17th-century timber panelling to hall, part of Ionic

pilaster flanking fireplace and some cornice details survive.

Turret stair gives access to upper floors, timber joists and

boards in poor condition. The newel-posts of both stairs have




Inventory 155. MacGibbon and Ross C & D vol iii p 521.

Graeme L Henderson, EARLSTON CASTLE (unpublished dissertation

for Mackintosh School of Architecture, 1985).

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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