Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NS 78090 9913
278090, 609913


William Adam. Building begun 1735 (dated 1735 inscribed

circa 1910). Tolbooth/Town House. Baroque.

2-storeys, 5 bays, inner 3 bays of (principal) E elevation

slightly advanced with pediment surmounted by octagonal

belfry on massive square base, leaded bell-cast roof over,

with weathervane finial. Openings in lugged and

key-stoned architraves; rusticated quoins; E elevation

built of ashlar, remainder rubble-built - all painted.

Double central forestair to E with steps renewed in red

ashlar and cast-iron balustrade 1857; pend (barrel

vaulted) below platt, 1st floor door above, outer doors at

ground; oculus in pediment with uncarved blocks, clock

above in 1st stage of belfry. Small-paned windows,

2-bay flanks, window inserted at S. Eaves course;

cornice; 2 massive ridge stacks; steep-pitched piended

slate roof.

INTERIOR: octagonal 1st floor vestibule with shell-hooded

niches; originial iron-studded cell door and lock.

Statement of Special Interest

Former SM,excluded1994.1751 armorial panel inserted above

forestair. Original scheme might have proposed a steeple.

Decision to rebuild Tolbooth taken by Burgh Council 14.6.1731

but Burgh minutes give little further information. Stones

re-used from Sanquhar Castle.



Wilson & MacMillan, ANNALS OF SANQUHAR, 1931, pp. 166-7.

Brown, HISTORY OF SANQUHAR, 1891. pp. 244-9.

S.R.O. NRA(S) 1275 (document identifies Adam - transcript in


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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