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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34945 71812
334945, 671812


Circa 1710. 2-storey 3-bay house with single storey

wings and porch added later. Harled with painted ashlar

dressings; chamfered arrises.

N ELEVATION: gabled ashlar and harl porch at centre;

2-leaf panelled doors; windows in flanking bays and to

each bay at 1st floor. Slightly recessed outer wings,

each with window, flat roof to W wing, piend roof to E.

S ELEVATION: door at centre; windows in flanking bays

and each 1st floor bay. Modern conservatory addition to

W wing, door and window to E wing.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: single storey wings abutting

retaining walls at ground, with door and small window in

E wing; curvilinear gables with ashlar coping and

scrolled skewputts; 2 1st floor windows to W gable, and

attic window to both.

12-pane glazing pattern to sash and case windows. Grey

slates, swept eaves; slate hung swept dormers to S,

added circa 1950, with casement windows; skylight to

both pitches. Corniced end stacks with cans retained.

INTERIOR: stone scale and platt stair with wrought-iron

balustrade to upper sections; ashlar door surround with

chamfered arrises at foot of stair. 18th century dado

panelling; decorative plaster cornices.


retaining island site, with stretches of ashlar coping;

ashlar gatepiers. Wrought- and cast-iron gates with

simple overthrow bearing lamp bracket.

Statement of Special Interest

Built by Alexander Weir, Edinburgh lawyer, on site of

former cottage of Musselburgh's town herd, hence the

name. Owned by the Handyside family in the 19th century,

who also owned the single storey cottages to the NW, and

who probably added the billiard room, since replaced by

the conservatory on the S elevation. The house was

flatted during this century, but was restored as one

after 1958. The stable block enclosing the garden to E,

and linking Crookston Road, is now in separate





NMRS plans: MLD/41/2.

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.

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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.

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