Dumfries, High Street, Midsteeple

Town House

Site Name Dumfries, High Street, Midsteeple

Classification Town House

Alternative Name(s) Town House

Canmore ID 65537

Site Number NX97NE 14

NGR NX 97240 76148

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Dumfries
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

97240 76148.

(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.

Architecture Notes

INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE ARCHITECTURE CATALOGUE:

ARCHITECT: Tobias Bachup 1707

James Barbour - restoration

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SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY:

SMT Magazine, May 1951 - 1 photograph

Non-Guardianship Sites Plan Collection, DC28329- DC28337, 1909, 1954 & 1970- 1971.

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