Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 8181 82576
308181, 582576


Tolbooth completed building 1723; funds presented in 1741

to replace original cupola with a steeple. Alterations and

additions by David Bryce, 1867. All built of red ashlar,

rusticated at ground to impost level, 3-bay main elevation

looking S along High Street with square tower, central

round-arched doorway. Venetian opening above containing

statue in alcoved centre; louvred set-back octagon supports

spire; outer bays originally single storey, altered and

raised by Bryce with windows set in ground floor arches,

balustraded over 1st and lions couchant at angles.

Body of Tolbooth more than doubled in depth by Bryce,

bull-faced, gabled and slate-roofed rear (N) range set

forward from original flanks with 1st floor Venetian windows

containing leaded glass representations of Bruce and

Wallace; eagle roof finials.

Pair swagged cast-iron Adamesque lamp brackets beside door

presumably also by Bryce



Town Council Minutes quoted by Doctor Wilson in

Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural

History Society LII p.152.

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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