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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 04/11/1971


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 75875 60348
  • Coordinates: 275875, 560348


Architect unknown. Built circa 1820 for James Douglas

(brother of Sir William Douglas of Gelston and Castle

Douglas) by his son William Douglas of Orchardton. Trotter in

his EAST GALLOWAY SKETCHES claims it to be the work of

William Douglas of Orchardton working in collaboration with

William Hugh Williams a noteable landscape artist of the

time. More likely perhaps is that it is the work of Dumfries

architect, Walter Newall, as his sketch books contain designs

for mausolea in a similar style. Unique Egypto-Doric style

pyramidal mausoleum on raised stepped dais with cubical

burial vault below ground. Finely jointed cream sandstone

polished ashlar, crisp detailing. Ramped doorways to each

face, simply architraved with blocked supported by pair of

fluted Doric columns flanking ramped architraved doorpiece.

Above the door a coat of arms, presumably the Douglasses of

Castle Douglas. All doors ramped with studded panels.

Delicately carved triglyph and metope frieze, deeply

overhanging cornice with anthemion motifs to underside of

angles. From this cornice rises another deeply projecting

cornice to give double pagoda roofline, upper cornice with

scalloped edge, square stone finial to top. Burial vault

reached by steep narrow straight stair laid in naval style

with steps alternatively square and triangular. Marble

plaques over tombs.

Coped pair of ashlar gatepiers with elaborate and decorative

early 19th century cast-and wrought iron and railings.

Spearhead cast-iron railings surround tomb.

Statement of Special Interest




Trotter: EAST GALLOWAY SKETCHES, 1901. Newall sketchbooks in

Dumfries Museum collection.

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.

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