Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34876 71849
334876, 671849


Dated 1683, completed 1700, with later alterations. L-plan

2-storey and attic house, with double attic in wing, and

stairtower in re-entrant angle; extended to NW pre-1700,

by 2-storey and double attic addition; adjoined to

stable range at right angles, running NE, parallel with

main block, since rendered free-standing (7 1/2 feet of

house wing removed) and converted for residential

purposes. White painted harled rubble with sandstone

ashlar dressings; rounded and chamfered arrises.

ENTRANCE (N) ELEVATION: wide door at foot of semi-

octagonal stairtower; 2-leaf doors and 1st floor

window above with lintel dated 1683. Door in main block

at right angles to left, altered from window and flanked

by further window; blind 1st floor window. Shallow

gabled bay advanced to right of stairtower, breaking

eaves, with window to each floor. 3 bays to right

comprised of 1-bay from original wing, 2 from slightly

later addition; 2 ground floor windows, tall 1st floor

window at centre and 3 swept dormerheads to attic

windows; evidence of former corbelled, rounded

stair-turret from 1st floor at outer right.

SE (GARDEN) ELEVATION: 5-bay. Door altered from window

at centre, with cast-iron columns to canopy porch;

tripartite, corniced ashlar window projecting to left;

2 windows flanking to right; 2 narrow 1st floor windows

to left; 3 enlarged 1st floor windows to centre and

right bays.

NE gable blank with lean-to addition outbuilding at


SW ELEVATION: gable with ground and 1st floor windows to

left. 2-bay wing of 1683 to left with ground and 1st

floor windows to left and 2 attic windows slightly

breaking eaves in swept dormerheads. Later bays to left

with additions of flat-roofed porch and piend-roofed

outbuilding to outer left, and 2 ground floor windows; 2

tall 1st floor windows and swept dormerheads above.

2 slate hung dormers to 2nd attic.

Small-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows.

Steeply pitched grey slate roofs. Crowstepped skews

with beak skewputts. End and mutual gable stacks.

INTERIOR: arrangement of rooms largely modernised. 18th

century panelled oak smoking room at ground (with grey

painted plaster behind, dated 1704); Dutch tile slip to

chimneypiece. Stone newel stair in stairtower with

simple wrought-iron balustrade. Variety of circa 1900

decorative light fittings. Glasgow Style bedroom and

dressing room furniture, and painted frieze.

Decoratively tiled Glasgow Style bathroom, circa 1900,

with contemporary railed shower above bath. Some

original rafters retained in roof.

SUNDIAL: dated 1644. Lectern shaped dial on pedestal,

moved to Inveresk Lodge from Pitreavie, Fife, as gift

(Mrs Beveridge). Pedestal set upon 4 stone balls, with

carved escutcheons to each face, initials of Sir Henry

Wardlaw, and cornice. Lectern dial with heart-shaped


FORMER OUTBUILDING: sandstone rubble curtain wall

remains of former outbuildings sited on terrace to SW of

house, with 2 vaulted chambers. Allegedly with

subterranean passage linking with neighbouring property,


RETAINING AND TERRACE WALLS: sandstone rubble walls with

sections of ashlar coping and harl-pointing. Terrace

walls, late 19th century with buttress additions, circa

1960. Decorative wrought-iron overthrow to main gate,

with lantern at centre.

Statement of Special Interest

Owned in 19th century by Wedderburns of Blackness,

passing then to the Elphinstones, and finially to the

Bruntons, before being gifted to the National Trust for

Scotland in 1959. The gardens have been open since 1962.



NMRS PLANS. MLD/45/1-4, S Tyrowicz, 1946, and

N Jankowski, 1943.

Dick Peddie and Mackay plans. J R Mackay, 1937, additions

and alterations. Attics 2 Bin 6 Bag 2.


MacGibbon and Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC, vol iv,

pp356; vol v, pp428-9.


INVENTORY of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in

Scotland, vol 5 (1988), pp127-30.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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