Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 34983 2312
334983, 702312


18th century; altered 1877. 2-storey, 4-bay, rectangular-plan, crowstepped house with timpany gable and stone-clad brick buttress. Random rubble with raised margins.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: modern timber door in bay to right of centre at ground, window to outer right and 2 windows to left flanking narrow light. Regular fenestration to 1st floor, and timpany gable in bay to right of centre.

W (THE CAUSEWAY) ELEVATION: gabled elevation with dominant almost full-height giant battered buttress to centre, window to right at ground and further window to left at 1st floor.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: ground floor obscured by boundary fencing; small window to centre at 1st floor.

Modern glazing throughout. Grey slates. Squared rubble stacks with thackstanes and some cans; ashlar-coped crowsteps and beak skewputts.

Statement of Special Interest

Seton House appears in local history as the dower house of Blackhall Castle (a Seton family residence) and as the town house of Captain Robert Seton of Drummaird who entertained Archbishop Sharp here on May 2nd 1679 before his murder on Magus Muir. However, the Seton coat of arms reported to be sited over the main entrance is not evident on this building. There is however a fine coat of arms set above a garage door a few yards N of this site.



A J Findlay KENNOWAY ITS HISTORY AND LEGENDS (1946), pp26 and 42.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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