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By Charlotte MacKay
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Historic bothy gets grant

THE owner of a unique historic building near Canonbie has been awarded more than £14,000 to help with its restoration and upkeep.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has awarded £14,750 to the owner of Priorslynn Bothy as part of the Historic Environment Support Fund. The building as a Category A listed byre which is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register. It is the only known surviving example of a combined cruck farming and clay walling building in Scotland, a style of building which would have been common across Dumfries and Galloway during the 18th century.

The Historic Environment Support Fund is used to support various one-off, heritage related projects in Scotland with applications open throughout the year. At Priorslynn Bothy the funding will support work to thatch the building in the vernacular style of the area and help re-establish a viable, sustainable long-term use for the building.

HES head of grants Amy Eastwood said: “Priorslynn Bothy is a very rare survival, unique in this area, of a type of building which was once widespread in Dumfries and Galloway. We’re pleased to support the owner with their efforts to restore and reuse this ‘at risk’ historic building.”

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