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This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Westerkirk Parish. It is a category B building and was listed on 12/07/1988.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NY 3086 9007.


Built 1860. Rural library with major book collection.

Building has simplified Gothic detailing to openings.

Rectangular-plan; single storey; 3 bays (bipartite windows);

tall 2-light S gable window with cinquefoil; recessed low

reading room to N with gabled porch projecting E from

re-entrant angle (timber shouldered opening and barge-

boards), east-facing tripartite alongside. Squared and

snecked bull-nosed ashlar with contrasting dressings.

Coped end stack; roofs covered with graded slates.

INTERIOR: fitted timber bookshelves line wall (books mostly

uniformly bound and embossed "Telford's legacy") 2

freestanding bookcases; ornate cast-iron stove; exposed

roof timbers, pointed doorways linking rooms flank

fireplace in N reading room.

Set behind low rubble-built and ashlar-coped wall with

spear-head cast-iron railings.


Library was established 1793 (some references give date as 1795); OLD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (vol XI, p.527) (pub.1794) records its formation for the benefit of the antimony mine workers at Jamestown Glendinning by a grant of ?15 for books "some months ago" from the mining company; at that time the collection numbered 120 volumes. Thomas Telford, a native of Westerkirk, bequeathed a substantial sum to this library. Groome (circa 1893) gives the collection as 6000 volumes.


NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT pp. 435-6 Groome Gazetteer, n.d. 2nd ed. vol IV p.480. SCOTLAND'S MAGAZINE vol 70, no 1, Jan 1974

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