Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Whitekirk And Tyninghame
NT 59605 81615
359605, 681615


Circa 1540, 3-storey tower extended E in 17th century to

farm gabled tithe barn. Rubble with ashlar dressings;

quoins of early tower evident. Oblong plan. Chamfered

arrises to openings; some blocked. Timber lintel to wide

barn door inserted later. Thick stone slates.

S ELEVATION: 2 centre bays with symmetrical

fenestration. Broad doorway to right with 1st and 2nd

floor windows as above. Rubble forestair with ashlar

steps to outer left leading to tower doorway. Lower

doorway by W re-entrant formed by forestair at ground.

Much weathered panel by quoins, under eaves to W, with

armorial of Bishop Crawford.

N ELEVATION: W bays of tower slightly raised with small

irregular openings. Doorway to barn proper at E end

with 2 small irregular windows by centre.

E AND W GABLES: crowstepped with 2 gable head lights to

each, blocked to W gable with arrow slit below to

vaulted base of tower.

INTERIOR: vaulted room at base of original tower. Timber

beams of former floors remaining to barn and upper

tower. Evidence of former fireplace a E end of dividing

wall and doorway to upper floor at the W of N wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Sited on rocky prominence. Tower almost certainly built

by Oliver Sinclair from stone of former Pilgrims'

cottages. Formerly linked with St Mary's Church to S

as Tithe barn.

Scheduled Area around tithe barn 27.11.98.




SCOTLAND (1897), vol III, pp.275-9.

Inventory Number 203.

C McWilliam LOTHIAN 1978, p. 468.


Ross Collection, National Library, drawings

MS 28/463/8/20-28.

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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