Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34789 72015
334789, 672015


Post 1771, possibly with late 18th century additions,

and additions by Robert S Lorimer, 1907-1908. 3-storey

5-bay villa with 2-storey 2-bay wing. Ochre painted

harling with painted ashlar dressings; eaves course

and moulded cornice; hoodmoulds to S elevation, probably

later 18th century.

S ELEVATION: consoled, pedimented doorway; panelled door

with small-pane fanlight; windows in flanking bays and

to each bay at 1st and 2nd floor (smaller to centre bay

at 1st floor and to 2nd floor), each set in slightly

recessed panel. 2-storey bays to left with doorway,

detailed as above, to right, flanked to left by stone

mullioned later bipartite window and with 2 1st floor

windows (smaller above doorway).

N ELEVATION: rectangular, flat-roofed stairblock

projecting at centre, with single storey flat-roofed

addition in re-entrant angle to left; timber,

cantilevered 5-light rectangular oriel at 1st floor to

outer left, Lorimer(?) 1907-8, with door below. Further

additions to outer right.

E ELEVATION: canted, piend-roofed cantilevered oriel at

centre to 1st floor, Lorimer(?); door below; 2 1st floor


Small-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows.

Grey slate piend roof. Corniced and ashlar dressed


INTERIOR: late 18th century winding, cantilevered stone

staircase; marble tiled Hall; variegated marble,

classical Hall chimneypiece with inserted tablet. 1st

floor marble chimneypiece, circa 1760, from Fordell

House, Fife (demolished), and another from South

Audley House, Mayfair, probably inserted by Lorimer.

Decorative plaster cornices and panelled dadoes.

DOVECOT: circa 1700, restored and converted as

summerhouse, Robert Lorimer, 1907-8. Abacking garden

wall to NE of house. 2-storey, gabled with stone

forestair. Pebbledash with stone crowsteps. Doors in S

gable at each floor; 2 windows to E at ground and row of

small-pane casement windows at 1st floor. N end stack.

Bolection moulded stone chimneypiece at 1st floor.

WELLHEAD: Robert Lorimer, 1907-8. Circular wellhead in

sandstone rubble with ashlar coping and simple

wrought-iron overthrow with winch; wrought-iron grille

to opening. Sited by house to N.


gatepiers with ball finials to W drove; boarded timber

gates. Decorative wrought-iron railings and gate by

S elevation. Rubble and brick retaining walls.

Statement of Special Interest

The ground was purchased in 1771 by Alexander

Macdougall, accountant of the Court of Exchequer in

Scotland, for ?500. The 3-storey, 5-bay composition with

recessed window panels, echoes the design of Rosehill,

to the south, but the narrow pile and gabled roof of the

latter indicate its earlier date. In 1824, a Mrs Hume

of Longformacus resided at the house. The Lorimer work

was commissioned by R Craig Cowan. Eskhill Lodge and

second pair of gatepiers are listed separately.



NMRS plans. MLD/44/1, S Tyrowicz, 1945.

C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) P267.


G W BURNET history of inveresk village P4.


(1980) p174.

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