Dumfries, High Street, Midsteeple
- Council Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish Dumfries
- Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
- Former District Nithsdale
- Former County Dumfries-shire
(NX 9723 7611) Midsteeple (NR)
OS 25" map (1975)
The Midsteeple, Dumfries town-house, is oblong on plan and three storeys in height; its square steeple is at the NE end. Modern shops abut its N end. The townhouse measures some 33 1/2 ft by 19 ft within walls 2 1/2 ft in thickness; and the steeple about 17 ft square over walls averaging 4 1/2 ft in thickness. The whole of the ground and first floors of the townhouse, originally containing the weigh-house, town-guard house, and town hall, are now converted into showrooms, while the second floor is used as a workshop. The date '1707' is incised over the entrance, at the S end.
RCAHMS 1920, visited 1912
This building is an early 18th century structure with no outstanding architectural features.
Visited by OS (EGC) 8 December 1960
A stylish three-storey town house built by Tobias Bachop of Alloa 1705-7. The NE built tower is topped by a prominent fleche and the opposite end-wall has carved panels and an external forestair with an attractive wrought-iron balustrade. The predecessor of this building was demolished in or after 1719 but at the end of the 18th century a prison, possibly the tolbooth annexe of 1579-83 still stood 'nearly adjoining' the town house.
G Stell 1982; W McDowell 1867; W R McDiarmid 1886; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; R Edgar 1915; NMRS plans DFD/61/1-2.
NX 9724 7614 A laser scan survey of the 18th-century Midsteeple in Dumfries was carried out in October/November. Scanning was carried out at an effective resolution of less than 10mm, allowing the production of a three-dimensional model and a series of stone-by-stone elevation drawings. (See Fig. 15 overleaf.)
Archive to be deposited with the NMRS.
Sponsor: Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Graeme Cavers, 2006.
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE ARCHITECTURE CATALOGUE:
ARCHITECT: Tobias Bachup 1707
James Barbour - restoration
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY:
SMT Magazine, May 1951 - 1 photograph
Non-Guardianship Sites Plan Collection, DC28329- DC28337, 1909, 1954 & 1970- 1971.