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

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NX 9076 9213.


Late 14th century rectangular-plan tower house with mostly

18th and 19th century alterations and low additions. Out-

buildings to west. TOWER HOUSE: 3 storeys over vaulted

basement, small-paned irregularly-spaced windows mostly

altered, with segmental heads; coursed rubble, ashlar

dressings; gabled stone slab roof with ball finial and ridge

stack all enclosed by parapet latter crenellated in 19th

century: cap house over north wallhead; Interior: yett

survives, and iron-studded door; wheel stair at north; now 2

rooms on each floor, north ground floor room vaulted with

plain plaster ceiling ribs and masks; bedroom cupboard on

upper floor has (re-set) plaster mask over door; attic also

vaulted. ADDITIONS: (mostly red ashlar) roofed forestair at

west to original door; castellated porch (after 1856) at

north, segmental-arched east-facing 2-leaf door with side

lights, recessed piended bay adjoining with segmental-arched

window (also east-facing) flanked by blind square openings

having margins linked with eaves band. Asymmetrical rear

elevation, kitchen linked with outbuildings. Corniced

octagonal or diamond flues; slate roof.


After the mansion house of Closeburn was destroyed by fire 1748, the Kirkpatrick family returned to the castle "fitting it up as their residence" (Ramage). A Rowan, in SHAMBELLIE, 1982, p.16, notes that David Bryce, architect, had visted Shambellie ".... while on business in the area at Capenoch and Closeburn tower" (July 1854). Porch not shown on 1st ed O.S. (surveyed 1856). View in Grose's ANTIQUITIES shows a plain parapet.


RCAHM, INVENTORY 1920. no 59 (incl plans and section) Grose, ANTIQUITIES OF SCOTLAND, 1789 vol I, p.150 (incl illustrations). MacGibbon & Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE vol III, 1889 (1977 reprint) p.128. 1982 sale catalogue in NMRS; 1845 sale particulars in SRO GD 224/511/3. R M F Watson, CLOSEBURN, ETC 1901 Chapter V. SRO RHP 9454. COUNTRY LIFE 10.1.1947. C T Ramage, DRUMLANRIG CASTLE AND THE DOUGLASES, 1876, p.184.

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