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Latitude: 54.9631 / 54°57'46"N
Longitude: -4.4853 / 4°29'6"W
OS Eastings: 240985
OS Northings: 565984
OS Grid: NX409659
Mapcode National: GBR 4G.YKKX
Mapcode Global: WH3TF.2JF3
Entry Name: 32 King Street
Listing Date: 1 September 2003
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396931
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49412
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Newton Stewart
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Traditional County: Wigtownshire
Early 19th century with later 19th century alterations. Single storey and attic 3-bay cottage in irregular terraced street. Rendered with base course, rusticated quoins, painted ashlar margins. Corniced doorway with deep-set panelled door and fanlight. Flanking windows. Projection to rear.
Non-traditional glazing throughout, sash and case effect to principal windows. Grey slate roof with cast-iron rooflight and pair of later 19th century canted slate-roofed dormers over outer bays with mutuled eaves. Ashlar coped skews. Stone gablehead stacks with thackstanes and cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 2003.
Listed on account of its association with the antiquarian, poet and author, Joseph Train (1779-1852), who inhabited this cottage between 1813 and 1820, in a particularly productive phase of his life. In these years he provided research for Sir Walter Scott, eventually contributing to material which appeared in the Waverley Novels. Train would receive at the door visitors eager to pass on a titbit of local history or legend, or some relic, including wandering beggars seeking some payment for their information. At this time (since re-developed), there was an inn called the Shoulder of Mutton down the street, where Train met up with the landlord and his friend Mr Broadfoot, a teacher in Penninghame, who later became the model for Scott's character, Jedediah Cleishbotham. Train was a self-taught antiquary, like many contemproraries, and was able to travel through his employment as an exciseman. He contributed not only to Scott's work, but also to Caledonia, Chamber's Miscellany, McKenzie's History of Galloway and the New Statistical Account of Scotland. He was author of a History of the Isle of Man, and Strains of the Mountain Muse. See separate listing of his later home, Lochvale Cottage, St Andrew Street, Castle Douglas. PSAS refers to Train?s antiquarian collection, vol Lxxxii, 1947-8.
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