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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 03/08/1971


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Dunscore

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 92987 83850
  • Coordinates: 292987, 583850


Built 1788 for Robert Burns. Single storey farmhouse with steading. All painted rubble and dressings; house has painted margins. West elevation of house: 3 bays (central door now a window) with additional (blank) bay at right possibly an early 19th century addition; 4-pane sashes; corniced end stacks: door in re-entrant angle of rear (east) wing. Slate roofs, graded slates over rear wing. 2 parallel steading

ranges to west; north range has lofts at west end, 2 lintelled cart openings to courtyard, and loft door flanked by small square openings above; plain south range and nearby range set at right angles both with roof vents.

Pyramidal-roofed single storey square shed to north east set on slope above river bank, with door facing west, 2 windows and 2 basement dors facing south. Walled orchard to south of house.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Robert Burns who lived at Ellisland 1788-1791. Some Burns relics are preserved inside the house. Presented to the nation in 1928.



About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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 is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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