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Ellangowan House and Gatepiers

A Category B Listed Building in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0524 / 55°3'8"N

Longitude: -3.5922 / 3°35'32"W

OS Eastings: 298379

OS Northings: 574254

OS Grid: NX983742

Mapcode National: GBR 3BC0.2N

Mapcode Global: WH5WQ.S8LM

Entry Name: Ellangowan House and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 26 June 1986

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334971

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3818

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dumfries

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Nith

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

Circa 1869. Asymmetrical 2-storey and attic Victorian Gothic

house with tall 4-stage octagonal entrance tower in re-

entrant angle with lower recessed south wing; billiards room

to rear (east). Snecked bullfaced red ashlar with polished

dressings. Basket-arched, square, shouldered or pointed-

headed openings, with chamfered reveals. Octagonal entrance

tower: square ground floor stage with pointed doorway, under cusped-panelled head, corbelled, circled, balconies with

pierced parapets over chamfered angles; windows in

alternating faces in 3 storeys above; weathervane-finialed

tall facetted roof with lucarnes above corbelled parapet;

tower flanked by gabled windows at 1st floor that to south

wing triple light under pointed arch. West elevation: 3

irregular bays, outer bays advanced and gabled (decoratively

corbelled at left above canted ground floor window);

corbelled 1st floor oriel to right has single supporting

column; latter with foliated capital; bipartite and gabled

dormer head to inner bay; Single small gabled and barge-

boarded dormers to south and to west. Some nail-head

ornament at eaves. Coped gable apex and axial stacks

(projecting chimney breast on south wing gable). Straight

skews; slate roofs - glazed cupola over biliards room.

Interior: some boldly modelled marble chimney pieces;

panelled doors in architraves. Stair has turned wooden

balusters.

Chamfered square gatepiers linked by curved quadrant walls;

taller inner piers ball-finialed. All red ashlar. Decorative wrought-iron gates.

Statement of Interest

Built for James MacGowan, Chamberlain of the burgh of

Dumfries, who funded the mid steeple restoration (plaque on

mid steeple).

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