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BARSCOBE CASTLE (Ref:3310)

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

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NX 659 806.

Description

Dated 1648 over door. L-plan tower house, 2-storey with

attic, single-storey addition of 18th/19th century to W. The

tower was extensively restored in 1971 and some window

surrounds and openings are new work; rubble walling, battered

boulder base.

Roll-moulded doorway in re-entrant angle with heraldic panel

above dated 1648 and with the escutcheon and initials of

William McLellan and Mary (?Margaret) Gordon. Further

roll-moulded door to N, conversion from original roll-moulded

window reusing old jambs. Windows mainly roll-moulded, some

smaller windows with chamfered jambs. 3 pedimented dormers, 2

heavily restored; that to N blank. 2 to W elevation: to left

original work with initials WMG and date 1648, that to right

HW 1971 (Sir Hugh Wontner). N dormers flank massive wallhead

stack, smaller end stacks with thackstanes.

Skews of unusual pattern; flat skew slabs interrupted by

kneelers; run-off skewputts. Slate roofs.

Single storey and attic addition partially (modern) harled to

W; roof pitch raised 1971 and depressed arch opening to W

gable slapped through.

INTERIOR: ground floor contains usual cellarage though it is

not vaulted. Newel stair in jamb, hall to 1st floor and

bedrooms above. All floors renewed, some original corbels

support hall ceiling joists; otherwise no original internal

fittings.

Notes

References

Inv 35. MacGibbon and Ross, C and D vol iii p 523.

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