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Status: Designated


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


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NY 9767 87553
  • Coordinates: 309767, 587553


Tower house ingeniously remodelled and upper floors rebuilt

in double pile arrangement, circa 1605 (datestone) lower

2-storey part of (?15th century) straightforward large

rectangular-plan tower; now 5 storeys. Abandoned by at

least first quarter 19th century, re-roofed (slated), and

restoration in progress 1988. Rubble-built with ashlar

dressings, regularly positioned openings mostly roll-moulded

or chamfered, some with iron grilles. Round-headed door at

E end of N wall (corbel table suggests original entrance at

1st floor, replaced by window) presumably contemporary with

rebuilding (mainly in ashlar) of NE angle to accommodate

internal stair.

Double-ridged roof with crow-stepped twin gables (no

parapets), corbelled bartizans over outer angles have

cable-moulding; stacks over gables and over E and W flank


INTERIOR: 2 lower vaulted floors have massively thick

(9'-10') walls; consoled Renaissance fireplace on 1st floor W

wall, wheel stair in SE angle with prison underneath. Upper

floors of particular interest with full-length central corridor

(spine walls constructed on relieving arches) below roof

gully, with rooms leading off.

Statement of Special Interest

Seat of the Jardines of Applegarth who built Jardine Hall on

the opposite river bank early 19th century.

Double-pile plan is unusual for date. Inventory notes

related stones at Luce (now at Denbie) taken from Spedlins,

one dated 1578, suggesting works about then, one stone

dated 1700.

MacGibbon and Ross note similarity of fireplace with one at

Newark Castle, (on the Clyde), also an advanced building

for its date; these fireplaces seem to derive from Serlio's

published patterns.



RCAHM INVENTORY, 1920. No. 446.


vol II, 1877 (1977 reprint) pp. 45-9.

(ed. Masson) General Register House pub. REGISTER OF THE


(Order to repair and to dwell in Spedlins, 1600, for improved

policing of border).


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