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This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the Kelton Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 23/04/1990.

Group Items: See Notes, Group Cat: A, Map Ref: NX 7772 5834.


Attributed to Richard Crichton on stylistic grounds. Built

circa 1805. Important country house in Adam castellated

style, gutted and now roofless but complete to wallhead.

Square-plan with round tourelles at each angle, walls

slightly ramped. 2-stories over raised ground level basement,

with 3 storey advanced centre bays to front elevation giving

tower effect. Finely tooled droved red sandstone walling.

Built for Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas.

Front elevation: 1-3-3-3-1 bays with round towers to outer

bays, 3 single light bays and to centre advanced castellated

bay with narrow lights in advanced clasping towers flanking

recessed wider centre bay. Curved perron stair (now

demolished) oversailing raised basement gave access to

tripartite entrance with round-arched openings. All ground

floor windows round-arched.

Flanks have plain single light windows.

Garden front: Complex 1-3-3-1 bay arrangement with 3-light

bowed bays flanking central 3-light canted bay.

Single light windows, formerly sash and case with 12-pane


Band courses over basement and 1st and at 1st floor cills.

Corbelled crenellated parapet with diminutive turrets atop

each round tower.

INTERIOR: mostly destroyed, much brick used for internal

walls, brick vaulted basement. Cantilevered oval service

stair to left of hall. Fragments of timber panelling,

doorpieces and chimneypieces only.


Strongly influence by the Castle style of Robert Adam. All masonwork of the very highest quality. A group with Gelston Castle Stables, Coach House and Gatepiers.


Colvin 1978 p241

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