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Blackwood House

A Category B Listed Building in Lochar, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.1655 / 55°9'55"N

Longitude: -3.7168 / 3°43'0"W

OS Eastings: 290730

OS Northings: 587030

OS Grid: NX907870

Mapcode National: GBR 28HQ.34

Mapcode Global: WH5W2.WF8F

Entry Name: Blackwood House

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 342667

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10243

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Keir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Lochar

Parish: Keir

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

Composite country house with tower house nucleus, principal
near symmetrical Jacobean-style south front 2 storeys, 7
bays, and built of red ashlar (remainder harled). Tower
house altered with 3 regular bays, and extended to west
(elaborate lead 1750 rainwater head on north wall indicates
work then) and to south. South range built in 2 phases,
canted windows, porch, dormer heads and 3 bays to west all
added 1927 (dated) (perhaps all re-faced then) (remaining
bays earlier 19th century); 2 advanced and gabled inner bays
each with 2-storey canted window, pilastered square porch
(door with large fanlight) in re-entrant angle; otherwise,
hood-moulded cross windows at ground, upper windows with
pedimented dormer heads. North elevation extensively altered
and extended with asymmetrical wings, some tripartite
openings, and loggias. Corniced stacks; slate roofs.

Statement of Interest

Allan Cunningham, poet and mason, was born at Blackwood, the

son of an estate employee. Earlier 19th century sketch by

W C Aitken shows south elevation in earlier/mid 19th century

(original in Dumfries museum, copy in NMRS).

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