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This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Kirkmahoe Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 29/05/1959.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NX 9709 8030.


Dated 1759 on north wing. Palladian mansion house; 2 storeys

on raised basement with flanking wings. All red ashlar.

House: 3-bay east elevation with early 19th century central

pilastered porch (panelled and studded door in pedimented

doorpiece), flanked by 12-pane sashes in architraves, latter

corniced, with pulvinated frieze; 3 Burlington windows in

round-arched panels at principal floor. Ionic-columned jambs

on plinths; latter probably terminated blind balustrades;

square, architraved windows above (6-pane sashes). Continuous

bands at base and at ground floor level; mutule cornice;

blocking course; 2 symmetrically placed stacks; piended

slate roof. Single window at each level of flanks;

linked by cornice); piended roofs, with graded slates. Low

alterations and fire escapes to rear above, narrow lean-to

service corridor linking wings. Piended, 2-storey wings each

have single bay east front (12-pane sashes), and are linked

to house by quadrant wall with corniced, architraved and

panelled door between alcove niches; inner part of north

wing is earlier. 18th century house, rendered, with advanced

inner bays (gabled on north elevation) and 5-bay south

front. Modern additions to north and to south of wings.

Interior: some decorative ceiling plasterwork of late 18th/

early 19th century, especially in halls and ground floor

rooms: plain top floor rooms. Modern lift shaft in stair

well obscures most of former anthemion-patterned silhouette

balusters. Some painted raised and fielded wooden panelling

survives in earlier house.


Now a home run by the Leonard Cheshire Organisation. Built for Alexander Johnstone of Carnsalloch. He is described in the sasines as a chemist in London, so it may be that a London architect was employed, and perhaps Isaac Ware, whose 1756 publication included design of a "House built for Alexander Johnstone, Esq, in Scotland" (a more expensive scheme which was probably never done) (see H Colvin, BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840, 1978, (p866)


SRO RHP 4417 (1911 sale catalogue). Scottish Field, April 1957.

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