Listed Building

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HOUSTOUN HOUSELB14243

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
22/02/1971
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
Parish
Uphall
NGR
NT 5264 71334
Coordinates
305264, 671334

Description

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

House'.

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

Union.

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

Traquair' was born here.

Houston passed out of hands of Shairp family 1945.

References

Bibliography

N.S.A.

Groome

Inv. 398

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

Small 'Castles and Mansions'

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