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
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.

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