Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 68065 50896
268065, 550896


Built circa 1580, with repairs and alterations 1591, 1625 and 1751. TOLBOOTH: long 3-storey range with tower at E. Rubble-built with some red sandstone dressings. Irregular door and window openings of various dates. Remains of roll-moulded arch, now blocked in centre of 3-storey range, plaque above engraved 'Royal burgh of kircudbrightshire 1455-1755'. Narrow slit lights in upper floor, originally used as gaol. 2-stage tower with forestair, door at head with much weathered, roll-moulded reveals, blocked window above, set-off to 2nd stage with 1 blocked window, clock and louvered belfry opening with pointed head. Machicolated parapet with pyramidal finials and circular stone spire. Weathervane in form of a fully rigged ship model, erected to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805.

MARKET CROSS: erected 1610. A common 17th century form with square plinth, chamfered shaft, with scrolls and triangular carved cap stone. WELL: 2 sun heads in lead spouts, plaque above in bolection moulded frame inscribed "This Fount - non Riches - Life supplies, Art gives what Nature Here Denies, Posterity Must surely Bliss, St Cuthbert's sons who purchased this". Water introduced 23 March 1762 and table t renewed 1840, again 1865.

Statement of Special Interest

A Dutch bell hangs in the Tolbooth inscribed "Deo Gloria Michael burgerhoys me fecit 1646".



RCAHMS INVENTORY, Stewartry of Kircudbright, 1914 .219 (ill and plan) p113.


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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