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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: A
  • Group Category Details: A - See Notes
  • Date Added: 23/04/1990


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNX 77721 58343
  • Coordinates277721, 558343


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.

Statement of Special Interest

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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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

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