Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 47903 83020
347903, 683020


Charles Hay, circa 1890. 2-storey L-plan. Scottish

Renaissance style house with 1st floor breaking eaves.

Squared and snecked rubble ashlar dressings. Raised

keyblocked margins to 1st floor lights. Small pane

glazing to sash and case windows. Lower ridge line to S

service wing.

N WING: door in ashlar panel by re-entrant angle with S

elevation. Bead and hollow architrave. "Purvesholm"

carved on lintel and swan neck pediment above. Raised

circular panel under eaves. Panelled door with decorative

brass handle. Single bay to right. E gable with

2 grouped 1st floor windows with moulded cornices.

Gablet crowsteps and linked triplet of brick diamond

stacks to wallhead. W gable form as above with round

arched 1st floor window and cast-iron balcony.

N ELEVATION: 5 bay. Door at centre with deeply carved

pediment at head of stone stairway leading from right,

with panelled piers and decorative balustrade. Decorative

heraldic carving to gableheads of 3 1st floor centre

windows. Canted bay at ground to outer left with piend roof.

S WING: depressed arch doorway at centre of E elevation

with hoodmould and panelled door. 2 gabled dormerheads

to 1st floor windows, carved as above. W elevation of

2 bays, recessed from gable of N wing to left.

Piend-roofed garage adjoining house on S gable, added

later circa 1905.

Red tiled roof, deep eaves with slated gables to dormers.

2 leaded segmental pedimented dormers facing S and E

scrolled skewputts to S gable. Moulded and diamond

brick stacks set on rubble bases. Decorative ridge tiles.

INTERIOR: retains high quality original details; fine Scotch

pine wood work panelling and carving to classical


Rubble boundary walls, quadrants and circular gatepiers.

Gently terraced garden.

Statement of Special Interest

Alleged authorship by Hay is debatable. Composition and

details closely bear resemblance to works by John Kinross

RSA, such as The Red House, Edinburgh (1884) and Prestondene,

Dalkeith (1889). Carving of interior wood work possibly by

Clow Brothers. Kinross may have given a sketch design,

worked up by Hay or ghosted for this elusive architect.

Commissioned by J S Macdonald.



RSA list of exhibits 1898. (Information courtesy of Buildings

of Scotland Research Unit).

C McWilliam LOTHIAN 1978 p229.

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.

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