Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34850 71868
334850, 671868


Circa 1640. Restored, W Schomberg Scott, 1960.

Unusual square planned house with pyramidal roof; 2-

storey and attic, with basement to W, on falling

ground; 1st floor windows breaking eaves in swept

dormerheads. Sand-coloured harling; regrettable cement


NE ELEVATION: 4-bay; doorway off-centre to right, 19th

century roll-moulded and corniced surround; 2-leaf

panelled doors and flush panelled inner door. Stair bay

at centre, breaking eaves in gabled crowstepped

stairhead with windows. 2 windows to bays left of centre

at each floor. 1st floor window to outer right.

SW elevation: 2 paired bays of closely grouped windows,

with windows to basement, ground and 1st floor, and

windows to former mural closets at ground and 1st floor;

basement window to left of centre altered as door.

SE ELEVATION: lean-to addition at ground with door to NE

flanked by windows, 4 windows to SE and 2 grouped

closely to SW, echoing those of main elevation. Broad

and shouldered wallhead stack.

NW ELEVATION: 2 ground floor and 1st floor windows to

left, and further small window to former mural closet at

1st floor to outer right. Broad, shouldered wallhead


Small-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows.

Grey slates to pyramidal roof, dormerheads and swept

dormers. Harled wallhead and apex stacks.

INTERIOR: largely altered. Stone vaulted basement

retained, with kitchen recess. Stone newel stair.

Chamfered reveals to ashlar door jambs at 1st floor.

Stone corbels at 1st and attic floor. Some bolection

moulded chimneypieces; 18th century panelling.

STABLE: possibly 17th century. Serving as garden shed

(1989). Single storey, rectangular plan, abacking

boundary wall and cottage at Inveresk Lodge to SE.

Sand-coloured harling; crowstepped gables with beak

skewputts. Door to SW; blocked window to NW, and end

stack. Timber stall divisions and hay-hecks retained in


LAMP STANDARDS: selection of decorative cast-iron lamp

standards with gilded detail, 1 dated 1900, to gardens

at front and rear.

TERRACE AND RETAINING WALLS: 17th century sandstone

rubble walls with harl-pointing to terrace, garden and

roadside; stone steps by terrace walls with ashlar coped

balustrade and ball finials; red brick buttresses.

Simple wrought-iron overthrow to entrance drive.

Statement of Special Interest

Probably the oldest building in Inveresk. Built for

John Rynd, merchant, Edinburgh, between 1638 and 1642.

McWilliam identifies the similarity in plan with

Netherlandish farmhouses of the period. There may have

been an earlier property on the site, and possibly the

vaulted basement is a remnant of this. The house was

originally known as Midfield, and only acquired the

present name in 1779 when Helenus Halkerston bought the

property. Apparently Halkerston and Inveresk Lodges are

linked by an underground tunnel.



NMRS plans. MLD/34/3-4, W Schomberg Scott.

MLD/34/5-6. S Tyrowicz, 1945.

MacGibbon and Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC, vol iv






C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p266.

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