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- Category: A
- Date Added: 04/11/1971
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Burgh: Kirkcudbright
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NX 68065 50896
- Coordinates: 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.
C & D ARCHITECTURE, Vol VII (ills).
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