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Friars Carse Burns Hermitage

A Category B Listed Building in Dunscore, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.1433 / 55°8'36"N

Longitude: -3.6867 / 3°41'12"W

OS Eastings: 292589

OS Northings: 584519

OS Grid: NX925845

Mapcode National: GBR 28PZ.M2

Mapcode Global: WH5W3.BZNF

Entry Name: Friars Carse Burns Hermitage

Listing Date: 26 June 1986

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335469

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4233

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunscore

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Lochar

Parish: Dunscore

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

1874 (dated) restoration and re-facing of circa 1790
hermitage. Single storey small rectangular-plan gabled
structure. Red sandstone rubble with polished dressings and
roll-moulded openings. Door and bipartite to south wall,
single window on east gable (all narrow, shouldered lights
with splayed cills). Gableted crow steps; skewputts on south
wall bear masonic motifs (1 uncarved); single small apex
stack; slate roof.
Interior: segmental-arched fireplace on west gable, corbel
set in wall above bearing heraldic device.
Enclosed by plain cast-iron railings.

Statement of Interest

Built by Captain Rober Riddel of Friars Carse (then known as

Glenriddel) as a retreat both he and Robert Burns might use

when the latter lived nearby, at Ellisland. "Restoration" by

Thomas Nelson of Friars Carse. Burns inscribed a verse on one

of the window panes (now removed for safe keeping).

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