Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 77721 58343
277721, 558343


Attributed to Richard Crichton on stylistic grounds. Built

circa 1805. Important country house in Adam castellated

style, gutted and now roofless but complete to wallhead.

Square-plan with round tourelles at each angle, walls

slightly ramped. 2-stories over raised ground level basement,

with 3 storey advanced centre bays to front elevation giving

tower effect. Finely tooled droved red sandstone walling.

Built for Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas.

Front elevation: 1-3-3-3-1 bays with round towers to outer

bays, 3 single light bays and to centre advanced castellated

bay with narrow lights in advanced clasping towers flanking

recessed wider centre bay. Curved perron stair (now

demolished) oversailing raised basement gave access to

tripartite entrance with round-arched openings. All ground

floor windows round-arched.

Flanks have plain single light windows.

Garden front: Complex 1-3-3-1 bay arrangement with 3-light

bowed bays flanking central 3-light canted bay.

Single light windows, formerly sash and case with 12-pane


Band courses over basement and 1st and at 1st floor cills.

Corbelled crenellated parapet with diminutive turrets atop

each round tower.

INTERIOR: mostly destroyed, much brick used for internal

walls, brick vaulted basement. Cantilevered oval service

stair to left of hall. Fragments of timber panelling,

doorpieces and chimneypieces only.

Statement of Special Interest

Strongly influence by the Castle style of Robert Adam. All

masonwork of the very highest quality. A group with Gelston

Castle Stables, Coach House and Gatepiers.



Colvin 1978 p241

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.

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 advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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