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This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Ruthwell Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 04/11/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NY 794 6895.


15th century large, rectangular-plan tower house at west end

of 1900-2 mansion house, latter by James Barbour and J.M.

Bowie of Dumfries, architects. TOWER HOUSE: 5 storeys;

rubble-built, ashlar dressings; round-headed door with yett

at east end of north wall; small mostly square-headed

openings, larger openings have iron grilles; splayed base

course; corbelled and crenellated parapet encloses roof and

links crow-stepped cap house over 3 angles.

Interior: many passages, chambers, presses etc. within wall

thicknesses; carved stone chimney-piece on 1st floor.

Outbuildings to West linked by crenellated wall. 20TH CENTURY

HOUSE: mostly 3 storey echoes tower house features;

asymmetrical extensive use of corbelling and crow-stepped

gables. Rubble-built, contrasting pink ashlar dressings.

Round-headed doorway on north east corner, north-facing

mullioned and transomed windows alongside loggia to south on

blocked columns.

Coped stacks; slate roofs.


Listed category A for value of Tower house. Mansion house claimed by Bowie in his RIBA nomination papers, and attributed to Barbour in his obituary. Sundial to south with late 17th/18th century stone fragments. Scheduled Monument


RCAHM, INVENTORY, 1920. no.537

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