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Comlongon Castle and Mansion House

A Category A Listed Building in Ruthwell, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0066 / 55°0'23"N

Longitude: -3.4409 / 3°26'27"W

OS Eastings: 307940

OS Northings: 568950

OS Grid: NY079689

Mapcode National: GBR 4BDK.V2

Mapcode Global: WH6Y4.3FR7

Entry Name: Comlongon Castle and Mansion House

Listing Date: 4 November 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351132

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17245

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ruthwell

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale South

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

15th century large, rectangular-plan tower house at west end
of 1900-2 mansion house, latter by James Barbour and J.M.
Bowie of Dumfries, architects. TOWER HOUSE: 5 storeys;
rubble-built, ashlar dressings; round-headed door with yett
at east end of north wall; small mostly square-headed
openings, larger openings have iron grilles; splayed base
course; corbelled and crenellated parapet encloses roof and
links crow-stepped cap house over 3 angles.
Interior: many passages, chambers, presses etc. within wall
thicknesses; carved stone chimney-piece on 1st floor.
Outbuildings to West linked by crenellated wall. 20TH CENTURY
HOUSE: mostly 3 storey echoes tower house features;
asymmetrical extensive use of corbelling and crow-stepped
gables. Rubble-built, contrasting pink ashlar dressings.
Round-headed doorway on north east corner, north-facing
mullioned and transomed windows alongside loggia to south on
blocked columns.
Coped stacks; slate roofs.

Statement of Interest

Listed category A for value of Tower house. Mansion house claimed by Bowie in his RIBA nomination papers, and attributed to Barbour in his obituary. Sundial to south with late 17th/18th century stone fragments.

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