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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.

ISLE TOWERReference: LB10236

Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 03/08/1971


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Kirkmahoe

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNX 93594 83225
  • Coordinates293594, 583225


Several building phases, comprising circa 1589 rectangular-

plan tower house linked at south east angle to early 19th

century house in Z-plan arrangement: rear courtyard formed by outbuildings which extend west from tower house west wall

and from south gable of house (former range includes 1700

datestone). All rubble-built with ashlar dressings (house

painted). Tower house: 3 storeys with attic, turrets with

curved roof corbelled over 2 diametrically opposite angles,

door to courtyard with armorial panel above, and yett;

gabled wall-head dormer either face; crow-stepped gables:

coped end stack. Interior vaulted at ground level, wheel

stair within south east angle. House: originally 2 storeys,

3 bays, 2nd floor with pedimented dormer heads added 1882

(dated), Peddie and Kinnear of Edinburgh, architects: east-

facing central door and small-paned sash windows (1

bipartite): crow-stepped gables: end stacks. All roofs


Statement of Special Interest

Crest is that of Ferguson of Isle. Robert Burns is said to

have stayed in the tower for a time while Ellisland was

being built.




III pp 393-4 (1977 reprint)

RCAHM INVENTORY no 337 (inc. photo and plan)

Peddie and Kinnear drawings index and 1955 sale catalogue


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