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This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Kirkmahoe Parish. It is a category B building and was listed on 03/08/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NX 9433 8408.


Built circa 1785, additions and alterations circa 1920.

Symmetrical, originally severely classical, 3-storey mansion

house with sunk basement: polished red ashlar, channelled at

basement. Original house: 5-bay south elevation with

architraved windows corniced at ground, curved 5-light

window replaced original central porch, north elevation with

full-height central bow; west elevation: 5 narrower bays

with platt spanning basement area. Additions to east comprise full-height narrow bay set back at north and south with

windows in tall panels and projecting entrance bay set into

east facade with channelled pilaster strips, large round-

arched mullioned and transomed window over east-facing

Doric-columned and open-pedimented doorpiece: panelled 2-leaf

door in cavetto reveals. Mutule cornice to all elevations; partly-balustraded parapet; symmetrically placed stacks;

shallow-pitched piended slate roof.

Curved basement area to east enclosed by cast-iron

balustrade; tunnel at north east below main drive.


Built for Patrick Miller, inventor of steam navigation. A print published 1792 in the Ewart Library, Dumfries shows the house without the roof parapet, although early 20th century postcards show the parapet to have been added before the house was extended. The house, and some of the estate buildings may be by Alexander Nasmyth who was a close friend of Millar's; Nasmyth's son, Patrick, may have been called after Millar (for more on this see NASMYTH EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, St Andrews 1979 - copy in NMRS).


OLD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT vol II p. 32. P Gray, DUMFRIESSHIRE ILLUSTRATED vol I, 1894, (illus. opp p.38)

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