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Isle Tower

A Category B Listed Building in Lochar, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1319 / 55°7'54"N

Longitude: -3.6704 / 3°40'13"W

OS Eastings: 293594

OS Northings: 583225

OS Grid: NX935832

Mapcode National: GBR 29T3.44

Mapcode Global: WH5W9.L8CM

Plus Code: 9C7R48JH+QR

Entry Name: Isle Tower

Listing Name: Isle Tower

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 342657

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10236

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kirkmahoe

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Lochar

Parish: Kirkmahoe

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Several building phases, comprising circa 1589 rectangular-

plan tower house linked at south east angle to early 19th

century house in Z-plan arrangement: rear courtyard formed by outbuildings which extend west from tower house west wall

and from south gable of house (former range includes 1700

datestone). All rubble-built with ashlar dressings (house

painted). Tower house: 3 storeys with attic, turrets with

curved roof corbelled over 2 diametrically opposite angles,

door to courtyard with armorial panel above, and yett;

gabled wall-head dormer either face; crow-stepped gables:

coped end stack. Interior vaulted at ground level, wheel

stair within south east angle. House: originally 2 storeys,

3 bays, 2nd floor with pedimented dormer heads added 1882

(dated), Peddie and Kinnear of Edinburgh, architects: east-

facing central door and small-paned sash windows (1

bipartite): crow-stepped gables: end stacks. All roofs


Statement of Interest

Crest is that of Ferguson of Isle. Robert Burns is said to

have stayed in the tower for a time while Ellisland was

being built.

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