Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Liff And Benvie
NO 31905 31830
331905, 731830


David Neave, circa 1820. Ashlar sandstone and rubble. Gates, circa 1890.

GATES: circa 1890. Wrought-iron, 2-leaf gates and side gates of intricate pattern.

GATEPIERS: 2 massive round-section gatepiers with base course, pilasters, moulded architrave and cornice, domical cap with squat urn finial, pilasters to left and right projecting as gatepost.

QUADRANTS: 6-course polished ashlar wall including base course, coped balustrade, piers to left and right with rounded pyramidal caps, flanking rubble walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Balruddery House was designed by David Neave for James Webster in Circa 1820 and this gateway and the eastern stable court/steading (listed separately) probably date from that time. The house was altered and extended by Charles Edward and Thomas Saunders Robertson in circa 1880, when the lodge and western stables/steading (listed separately) were also probably erected. The house was rebuilt after a fire in 1889 by Sidney Mitchell and demolished in the early 1960s. The gates were restored with the help of a grant from Dundee District Council. There is an unlisted ruin of a Picturesque Gothic gardener?s house on the west side of Balruddery Den (David Neave?s drawing, NMRS A39009). Formerly South Gates (Item 11).



Gershom Cumming, Publisher, FORFARSHIRE ILLUSTRATED (1848); Arthur B Dalgetty, THE CHURCH AND PARISH OF LIFF (1940), p50; Architects Notes (D M Walker); photograph in NMRS; Original drawings of Balruddery House, NMRS A39037; information ex Conservation Department, Dundee District Council.

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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