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Glasserton House

House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Glasserton House

Classification House (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 216076

Site Number NX43NW 47

NGR NX 41881 37692

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Glasserton
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Architecture Notes

NX43NW 47.00 41841 37661 Glasserton House

NX43NW 47.01 41881 37692 Gardens

NX43NW 47.02 41632 39036 Butler's Lodge

The house and gardens are depicted on the OS map of 1895 (Wigtownshire Sheet 35), and have since been demolished (c. 1954).

Information from RCAHMS (SC), May 2002.


Architect: John Baxter 1740-41 and John Douglas

Robert Adam 1787 - design for alterations to an older house

William Adam - drew up plan in 1737 - unexecuted

John Douglas - drew up plan 1734 for rebuilding - unexecuted


Scottish National Buildings Record

Glasserton Plans for an addition to Glasserton House. Letters from John Agnew to James McWilliam. He writes that Mr Keith Steward has arrived in the country with plans which are likely to meet with greater approval than the previous.

1778 GD 138/3/16

Description of the fire at Glasserton House. Letter from James Earl of Galloway to Sir John Clerk.

1730 GD 18/5246/1/216

Building of Glasserton House. Letters from the Earl and Countess of Galloway mention the work and seek John Clerk's advice.

1735-1742 GD 18/5426/1/217-248

Lord Garlies house is to be finished this summer. John Baxter, architect. Letter from James Earl of Galloway to Sir John Clerk.

1740 GD 18/5426/238

Building of a house for Lord Garlies. John Baxter, architect, writes to Sir John Clerk about the problem of plans and payment.

1760, 1742 GD 18/5011


1739. Building of house: materials (GD 18/5246/1/236 - end. To be founded 1740 (238).

Baxter says will progress "with all Expedition"; description of design. Not yet begun 20 Sept.

Meanwhile Ld Galloway living at Whithorn regards his son Garlies as extravagant (as also with his horses, hounds and hunting).

Ld Garlies on proposed building, to Sir J Clerk, 29 Dec 1735

1739 GD 18/5246/6/30

Baxter alone now named. Lady Garlies in charge as Ld Gar. in London till April. Haste nec. because of expense. Freigit of deals ordered to Montrose; master Alexr Erskine - (Lady Garlies and Ld Gar. to Sir J Clerk)

1740 GD 18/5246/6, 57, 58, 61

June- Ld Galloway bldg at Glasserton "only bigger" and shut up with "a common prostitute, notorious lyar, and knowen theif" - Ld Gar.

1740 GD/5246/64

Own bldg of Pantoun founded Sept.

Aug. Clary: "my Sclater, Mr John Johnston and John Baxter differ as to the manner of roofing the tim/s upon the front of my house, the sclater proposes to sclate it, and the others affirm it must be done in lead, else it will soon want to be done again, lett me have your opinion" (Garlies to Clerk)

1742 GD/5246/6/84

22 April, Clary "I think your test of a plan is so might good that almost every bodymust approve of it, and I am persuaded my Lord will follow that method, the house goes on pretty well" Lady Garlies to Sir J.

1742 GD/6/85

30 June, Clary - House going on slowly. Comments on Baxter - Garlies to Sir J.

1742 GD/5246/6/82

Plans for the addition to the House of Glaserton. Mr K Stewart has arrived in the country with new plans. John Agnew in a letter to James McWilliam indicates that they are likely to meet with greater approval than the last.

1778 GD 138/3/16


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