Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
NT 5264 71334
305264, 671334


Begun 1600 as an L-plan mansion. N.W. arm extended and

returned north east wards and scale and platt stair inserted

between old and new N.E. arms in 1737 (date over entrance)

4 storeys and garret. Harled corble-step-gabled. Slated

roof. Good interiors panelled in Memel Pine. Vaulted 1st

storey. 19th cent. additions on N.E. and S.E. to N.W. is a

court bounded on NE and SW by walls and on NW by 2-storey

offices (built c1600; vaulted 1st storey) known as the 'Woman


Statement of Special Interest

Built for Sir John Shairp, advocate, who had acquired lands of

Houston 1569. Thomas Shairp of Houston, Commissioner for

Linlithgowshire in last Scottish Parliament. Opposed Treaty of


John Campbell Shairp. (1809-85) author of 'The Bush aboon

Traquair' was born here.

Houston passed out of hands of Shairp family 1945.





Inv. 398

C. & D. Arch, V, p. 512-4 (plan; ill.)

Small 'Castles and Mansions'

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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