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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 86959 68297
286959, 568297

Removal Reason

The national importance of the tower is more appropriately recognised by its existing scheduled monument designation. The farmhouse no longer meets the listing criteria.


Early 16th century l-plan tower-house of 4 storeys. To W

2-storey 18th century 2-bay farmhouse formerly communicating

with tower by 5ft long passage.

TOWERHOUSE: rectangular main block with projecting wing to NW

containing full-height newel stair; this jamb was probably

added later in 16th century. Rough-rubble walling sheared

across angles to give chamfered effect. At 3rd floor small

stair turret giving access to parapet wall-walk corbelled in

rubble over the re-entrant. Wall-walk, supported on single

row of well-cut bull-nosed corbels, extends around

rectangular main block only. Deep rubble parapet with coping,

largely a 20th century rebuild. Slate roofs, flat skews, thin

wallhead stacks.

Moulded panel with motto in raised lettering above doorway.

Further moulded panel for heraldic device, now blind.

INTERIOR: usual vaulted kitchen/cellarage to basement; large

bull-nosed chamfered fireplace to E, slop sink to N. Hall to

1st with fireplace flanked by large arched recesses. Upper

floors originally of timber, not extant.

FARMHOUSE: probably later 18th century, painted rubble with

squared quoins; now used as agricultural store. S elevation

2-bay with smaller blocked window to ground right (probably

indicates original size of all windows) other windows early

19th century; all sash and case with 12-pane glazing.

Enlarged opening to N 1st floor to allow access to storage

area. Slate roofs, flat skews, axial stacks.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship monument. Scheduled - SAM 90100. Probably built by Maxwells

of Terregles.

Re-scheduled Area 19 December 2003.



Inv 276. MacGibbon and Ross C and D vol II p.84 on vol II.

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Drumcoltran Tower and farmhouse, looking north, on clear day with sunshine.

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