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Moat Brae House project begins

Moat Brae

Moat Brae © Copyright Darrin Antrobus

Back in April 2008, I mentioned that the powers that be had missed (yet another) opportunity they could have used to bolster their insane target of increasing tourism revenue by 50% by 2015 (that figure must surely have been created by throwing a dart at a dartboard), when it didn’t seize on Moat Brae House as an asset.

The historic house is worthy of note as is said to helped inspire author JM Barrie in the writing of Peter Pan. In his memoirs, published in 1904, he wrote of Peter Pan: “Our escapades in a certain Dumfries garden which was an enchanted land to me was certainly the genesis of this work.”

Since 2003, the house has been the subject of attacks by vandals, and had fallen into such a state of disrepair that engineers had warned of its imminent collapse.

Moat Brae House was acquired by the Loreburn Housing Association in order to safeguard the property for the town, and the local association has now brought forward its plans to restore the house, and now intends to start on work to make the property safe and preserve its façade, ultimately converting it for residential use.

It will then work with community group the People’s Project and the nearby school Dumfries Academy to restore the gardens and create a visitor centre.

Still can’t help feeling that if we are supposed to want all these tourists to come here and leave their money behind, that the Scottish Government and bodies with pots of money should be preserving, promoting, and financing such places and projects, not last-minute private developments.

its works to put the site to residential use as well as creating a visitor centre.

August 9, 2009 - Posted by | Civilian | , , , , ,


  1. This is an absolute disgrace of the highest order!

    How can they make it residential AND make it a place for tourists?

    There is something not quite right about this whole horrid saga and this is not the end; not by a long shot!


    Comment by The Barrie Boys | August 9, 2009

  2. Please help. I am doing family tree research and what appears to be Moat Brae House Dumfries is written as place of death on a certificate. Was this place ever a nursing home of some sort. Another name under it is Maxwellhill or Laurieknowe? Would love some clues as to what this person was doing there.


    Comment by carlene | April 14, 2011

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