Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 90760 92138
290760, 592138


Late 14th century rectangular-plan tower house with mostly

18th and 19th century alterations and low additions. Out-

buildings to west. TOWER HOUSE: 3 storeys over vaulted

basement, small-paned irregularly-spaced windows mostly

altered, with segmental heads; coursed rubble, ashlar

dressings; gabled stone slab roof with ball finial and ridge

stack all enclosed by parapet latter crenellated in 19th

century: cap house over north wallhead; Interior: yett

survives, and iron-studded door; wheel stair at north; now 2

rooms on each floor, north ground floor room vaulted with

plain plaster ceiling ribs and masks; bedroom cupboard on

upper floor has (re-set) plaster mask over door; attic also

vaulted. ADDITIONS: (mostly red ashlar) roofed forestair at

west to original door; castellated porch (after 1856) at

north, segmental-arched east-facing 2-leaf door with side

lights, recessed piended bay adjoining with segmental-arched

window (also east-facing) flanked by blind square openings

having margins linked with eaves band. Asymmetrical rear

elevation, kitchen linked with outbuildings. Corniced

octagonal or diamond flues; slate roof.

Statement of Special Interest

After the mansion house of Closeburn was destroyed by fire

1748, the Kirkpatrick family returned to the castle "fitting

it up as their residence" (Ramage). A Rowan, in SHAMBELLIE,

1982, p.16, notes that David Bryce, architect, had visted

Shambellie ".... while on business in the area at Capenoch

and Closeburn tower" (July 1854). Porch not shown on 1st ed

O.S. (surveyed 1856). View in Grose's ANTIQUITIES shows a

plain parapet.



RCAHM, INVENTORY 1920. no 59 (incl plans and section) Grose,

ANTIQUITIES OF SCOTLAND, 1789 vol I, p.150 (incl



III, 1889 (1977 reprint) p.128.

1982 sale catalogue in NMRS; 1845 sale particulars in SRO

GD 224/511/3. R M F Watson, CLOSEBURN, ETC 1901 Chapter V.

SRO RHP 9454.

COUNTRY LIFE 10.1.1947.


About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8914 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to CLOSEBURN CASTLE

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 20/06/2024 13:46