KIRKCONNEL HOUSE (Ref:17204)
This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 04/11/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NX 979 680.
Composite house, nucleus a 16th century house, 5 additional building phases until 1823 when tall private chapel block was added to north. Tower house: L-plan; 3 storeys with gabled taller jam; mostly roll-moulded openings (bipartites inserted at south); corbelled parapet encloses roof; rubble-built with red ashlar dressings. 17th century addition to south of tower house added in 2 phases, 2 storeys, harled west elevation includes blocked segmental- arched roll-moulded doorway, single pedimented dormer head retained. Gabled wing (probably first half of 18th century) returns east from north end of latter thus completing U-plan house with open court at east, but latter filled mid 18th century by neat, symmetrical 3-storey 5-bay house built of red brick with red ashlar lintels, cills, quoins and inner bay dressings. Former chapel block is orientated east-west, and linked to house by low corridor; 2-storeys, red brick, segmental arched openings to service area at ground, chapel and priest's room above have openings mostly round-headed; fore-stair on long north wall, lean-to's to south. Glazing throughout mostly small-paned sashes; all roofed with graded slates. Interior: tower house vaulted at ground; chapel has coved ceiling; pilasters at either end of chapel frame altar recess and raised family pew. Quadrangular court to rear (west), ashlar coped brick-built walls linked with tower house and with chapel; (? circa 1800) brick outbuildings at west and slated pend.
Chapel has been de-consecrated. House of Maxwell (later
Maxwell-Witham) of Kirkconnel.
3-storey, 5-bay brick house built for James Maxwell (d.1762)
after his return from the continent circa 1750.
RCAHM, INVENTORY 1914 no 456 MacKerlie, LANDS AND THEIR
OWNERS IN GALLOWAY, vol V (1879) p.220.
R G Mann, BONNIE GALLAWA' (pub. Dumfries Courier and Herald,
2nd ed. n.d.) p.14 (provides date of chapel)
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