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Brownsbank Cottage

A Category A Listed Building in Biggar, South Lanarkshire

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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

Plus Code: 9C7RMG6H+H6

Entry Name: Brownsbank Cottage

Listing Name: Brownsbank Cottage

Listing Date: 30 September 1987

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331022

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB640

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Biggar

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Parish: Biggar

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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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.

Statement of Interest

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")

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