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Capenoch House

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5 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

6 September 2020 (Virtual Opening All Day)

Dumfries and Galloway

David Bryce, Architect, 1847-68. Scots Baronial mansion house incorporating circa 1780 square-plan 3-bay house encased

and extended to south, 1847/8, further more elaborate

additions to north 1855, mullioned conservatory to west

1855/6. Low service court to north west also 1855, extended

1868. Mostly 2 storeys, with raised basements and attics.

Stugged pink ashlar; polished dressings, corbelling,

crow-stepped gables, pedimented dormer heads bartizans and

coped stacks. Square-headed single and mullioned plate-glass

sash windows. 1847/8 work comprises 3-bay south elevation,

canted window at left (with steps added 1855) corbelled to

square above, and gabled; porch added to east elevation of

original house, turret in re-entrant angle corbelled to

square at upper level. 1854 baronial wing modelled on tower

house with bartizans and corbelled parapet beneath east

gable; 2 north-facing doors, east-facing oriel, stepped

corbel table and corbelled gable at west end of north wall.

Bartizans (1 square, 1 round) on west elevation flanking

original house. Slate roofs throughout curved or pyramidal,

and finialed over bartizans. Conservatory extends 4 gableted

bays to west with angle buttresses and finials. Interior:

main library in earlier building with fitted bookshelves

and panelling to deeply-set reveals; Sir Hugh Gladstone's

ornithological library housed in smaller library room;

staircase and gallery with turned wooden balusters and

pendants; some timber and marble chimney pieces and decorative

ceiling plasterwork. Terrace balustrate and steps at east,

west and at south. - British Listed Buildings.

Digital Resources

Capenoch House

Historic Houses Listing

Capenoch House at Historic

Capenoch House - Canmore

Canmore Web Page with Historic Facts


Key Information

Architect: David Bryce

Building Date: Mid 19th Century

  • Penpont
  • Thornhill
  • DG3 4LZ