Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 6816 5107
268160, 551070


1817. Built for writer Robert Gordon. Detached house of 2-storeys over bsement, 3-bays. Painted squared rubble, painted margins and rusticated quoins. Band course at ground floor level. Cebtral door with narrow flanking lights with etched glass at head of 4 steps, wide segmental fanlight, engaged Ionin columned doorpiece with central keystone and cornice. Cill band to ground floor windows; 12-pane glazing. Cornice

and blocking course. Garden front has prominent full-height semi-octagonal central bay rising through the eaves to catellated parapet. Cillband to 1st floor windows. Piended slate roof. Front courtyard with good spear-pattern cast-iron railings, square cast-iron gatepiers with finials, gates with decorative lower panels.

INTERIOR: pilastered, depressed-arch hall screen; octagonal drawing room with naturalistic detail in cornice; good cast-iron stair balustrade. SUMMERHOUSE: circular, built into harbour retaining wall. Rubble-built with Gothic windows. Castellated.

Statement of Special Interest

In 1821 Mary Gordon married Dr Blair. His last daughter died at Blair House in 1933.



Manuscript of George Hamilton in possession of owner.

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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