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Latitude: 55.6614 / 55°39'40"N
Longitude: -3.4719 / 3°28'18"W
OS Eastings: 307497
OS Northings: 641856
OS Grid: NT074418
Mapcode National: GBR 426Z.4C
Mapcode Global: WH5SP.MYXS
Entry Name: Brownsbank Cottage
Listing Date: 30 September 1987
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331022
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB640
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Lanarkshire
Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
Small, farm labourer's cottage in which the poet Hugh
MacDiarmid (C M Grieve) lived from 1951 until his death
in 1978. Cottage built probably in 2nd quarter of 19th
century; single storey; 3 bays; big porch at front,
kitchen at rear, both modern, and harled - cottage is
rubble-built with ashlar dressings; sashes with 4-pane
glazing pattern; end stacks; slate roof.
Wooden sheds, glazed timber summerhouse at NW.
MacDiarmid (1892-1978) was the central figure in the
Scottish literary "renaissance", and is rated by some as
Scotland's greatest poet since Burns. Inscribed slab at
doorstep of MacDiarmid's "The little white Rose" ("The
rose of all the world is not for me/I want for my part
/Only the little white rose of Scotland/That smells sharp
and sweet and breaks the heart")