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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.


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 94331 84087
  • Coordinates294331, 584087


Built circa 1785, additions and alterations circa 1920.

Symmetrical, originally severely classical, 3-storey mansion

house with sunk basement: polished red ashlar, channelled at

basement. Original house: 5-bay south elevation with

architraved windows corniced at ground, curved 5-light

window replaced original central porch, north elevation with

full-height central bow; west elevation: 5 narrower bays

with platt spanning basement area. Additions to east comprise full-height narrow bay set back at north and south with

windows in tall panels and projecting entrance bay set into

east facade with channelled pilaster strips, large round-

arched mullioned and transomed window over east-facing

Doric-columned and open-pedimented doorpiece: panelled 2-leaf

door in cavetto reveals. Mutule cornice to all elevations; partly-balustraded parapet; symmetrically placed stacks;

shallow-pitched piended slate roof.

Curved basement area to east enclosed by cast-iron

balustrade; tunnel at north east below main drive.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Patrick Miller, inventor of steam navigation. A

print published 1792 in the Ewart Library, Dumfries shows the

house without the roof parapet, although early 20th century

postcards show the parapet to have been added before the

house was extended. The house, and some of the estate

buildings may be by Alexander Nasmyth who was a close friend

of Millar's; Nasmyth's son, Patrick, may have been called

after Millar (for more on this see NASMYTH EXHIBITION

CATALOGUE, St Andrews 1979 - copy in NMRS).




ILLUSTRATED vol I, 1894, (illus. opp p.38)

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Listed Buildings

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