ISLE TOWER (Ref:10236)
This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the
It is a category B building and was listed on 03/08/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NX 935 832.
Several building phases, comprising circa 1589 rectangular- plan tower house linked at south east angle to early 19th century house in Z-plan arrangement: rear courtyard formed by outbuildings which extend west from tower house west wall and from south gable of house (former range includes 1700 datestone). All rubble-built with ashlar dressings (house painted). Tower house: 3 storeys with attic, turrets with curved roof corbelled over 2 diametrically opposite angles, door to courtyard with armorial panel above, and yett; gabled wall-head dormer either face; crow-stepped gables: coped end stack. Interior vaulted at ground level, wheel stair within south east angle. House: originally 2 storeys, 3 bays, 2nd floor with pedimented dormer heads added 1882 (dated), Peddie and Kinnear of Edinburgh, architects: east- facing central door and small-paned sash windows (1 bipartite): crow-stepped gables: end stacks. All roofs slated.
Crest is that of Ferguson of Isle. Robert Burns is said to
have stayed in the tower for a time while Ellisland was
MacGibbon 6 Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE, vol
III pp 393-4 (1977 reprint)
RCAHM INVENTORY no 337 (inc. photo and plan)
Peddie and Kinnear drawings index and 1955 sale catalogue
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