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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
  • Date Added: 03/08/1971


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNY 6375 94336
  • Coordinates306375, 594336


Alexander Stevens architect of L-plan mansion circa 1786;

wide centre-bowed terrace to E and superimposed colonnades,

also presumably by Stevens (?circa 1790), latter perhaps a

design modification before original building scheme was

completed; new S front by William Burn 1830-34, filling

re-entrant angle. Low service court at NE. Castellated

mansion dramatically sited above valley and garden terraces.

2/3 storeys with basement. Built mostly of coursed red

ashlar; roofs slated, and mostly concealed by parapets.

Stevens' work in Robert Adam's castellated style with tiny

bartizans and machicolated and crenellated parapets;

additions fairly sympathetic but with cross-windows.

Original house: mainly 2 storeys, 3-storey centres to 3

elevations with parapets linked at roof platform. 7-bay N

elevation with round-headed ground floor openings, columned

porch (cf. colonnade detailing) in shallow advanced centre;

continuous band at impost level. 3-bay W flank rubble-built

with tripartites, Burlington windows at ground.

(Principal) E elevation: pyramidal composition of 4 recessed

and diminishing stages with 3-storey bowed centre forming

apex; segmental-arched and balustraded deep, wide terrace at

basement level extends beyond house either side, colonnades -

also balustraded - full width of house at ground, and

clasping bow at 1st floor.

S elevation (by Burn): 3-storey massive square tower left has

recessed inner bay, round-arcched main entrance with oriel

above and deep corbelling; flank of original house is

recessed right and altered by Burn, with canted window and

castellated gable head. Good interior.

Statement of Special Interest

Colonnaded bow, if part of original conception (see RHP

series) compares with that at Culzean by Robert Adam (built

1777-92). Sundial to E of house is dated 1837(?) (indistinct

lettering) and compares with sundial at Shaw House, Hutton

and Corrie.

Change of Category B to A 22.2.88




ARCHITECTS 1600-1840, 1978, pp.164, 781.

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