Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 92589 84519
292589, 584519


1874 (dated) restoration and re-facing of circa 1790

hermitage. Single storey small rectangular-plan gabled

structure. Red sandstone rubble with polished dressings and

roll-moulded openings. Door and bipartite to south wall,

single window on east gable (all narrow, shouldered lights

with splayed cills). Gableted crow steps; skewputts on south

wall bear masonic motifs (1 uncarved); single small apex

stack; slate roof.

Interior: segmental-arched fireplace on west gable, corbel

set in wall above bearing heraldic device.

Enclosed by plain cast-iron railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Built by Captain Rober Riddel of Friars Carse (then known as

Glenriddel) as a retreat both he and Robert Burns might use

when the latter lived nearby, at Ellisland. "Restoration" by

Thomas Nelson of Friars Carse. Burns inscribed a verse on one

of the window panes (now removed for safe keeping).



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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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