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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 04/11/1971


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNY 794 6895
  • Coordinates307940, 568950


15th century large, rectangular-plan tower house at west end

of 1900-2 mansion house, latter by James Barbour and J.M.

Bowie of Dumfries, architects. TOWER HOUSE: 5 storeys;

rubble-built, ashlar dressings; round-headed door with yett

at east end of north wall; small mostly square-headed

openings, larger openings have iron grilles; splayed base

course; corbelled and crenellated parapet encloses roof and

links crow-stepped cap house over 3 angles.

Interior: many passages, chambers, presses etc. within wall

thicknesses; carved stone chimney-piece on 1st floor.

Outbuildings to West linked by crenellated wall. 20TH CENTURY

HOUSE: mostly 3 storey echoes tower house features;

asymmetrical extensive use of corbelling and crow-stepped

gables. Rubble-built, contrasting pink ashlar dressings.

Round-headed doorway on north east corner, north-facing

mullioned and transomed windows alongside loggia to south on

blocked columns.

Coped stacks; slate roofs.

Statement of Special Interest

Listed category A for value of Tower house.

Mansion house claimed by Bowie in his RIBA nomination papers,

and attributed to Barbour in his obituary.

Sundial to south with late 17th/18th century stone fragments.

Scheduled Monument



RCAHM, INVENTORY, 1920. no.537

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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.

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