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

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NY 5688 7555.


Composite L-plan house probably incorporating tower house at

west; present form established probably first half 18th

century; some windows enlarged early 19th century, and

interior re-modelled circa 1880 by James Barbour; further

alterations by J M Bowie circa 1915. House faces south west;

3 storeys; whitewashed rubble with red ashlar margins;

regularly placed small-paned sash windows. Stair turret in

re-entrant angle with small windows, blocked door and

shallow-pitched roof; main door alongside (by Bowie -

replacing Barbour's porch) in east range with crest above, 2

bays beyond. West range extends one bay from stair turret and

is blank at ground; small, low ground floor (bar) windows to

north west elevation, fire escape against south east gable.

Stair windows (by Barbour) at rear above modern function

room, and outbuildings, latter 2 storeys 3 bays with T-plan

roof and now linked with house. Corniced stacks; slate roofs.

Interior: turnpike stair in turret; wooden stair by Barbour

to rear above ground floor (lower part presumably removed

when function room was built); irregular narrow corridor

between 2 ranges runs length of house; some decorative 19th

century plasterwork in east range; barrel-vaulted ceiling of

bar is dummy at north end at least. Square gatepiers

(presumably by either Barbour or Bowie) have projecting caps

with engaged ball finials; curved, low quadrant walls with

spiked cast-iron railings; gates similar.


Home of Grierson of Lag, "Lag the persecutor" (Scott's "Redgauntlet"). Stone table on lawn to west, dated September 1720, said to have been a marriage stone. Sketch by W C Aitken in Dumfries museum shows present bar (then kitchen) without vault at north end (copy of sketch in NMRS). Fergusson, THE LAIRD OF LAG, 1886, notes on p.121 a sasine of Rockhall dated 1.5.1610 which mentions "all and haill the place of Rockhall laitlie biggit be the said Sir William" etc.


Barbour and Bowie's Plans, mostly dated 1880 or 1915 held by Sutherland Dickie and Copeland, Dumfries (Copies in NMRS)

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