Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 09889 69882
309889, 969882


Dated 1834. Substantial later 19th century Scottish Renaissance

house incorporating late 18th and earlier 19th century portions

at north and east. Mainly 2-storeys over raised basement, with

6 irregular bays in re-cast south frontage. All harled with

tooled ashlar margins and dressings.

Earliest portion of house is at east and north, with east

entrance masked by later 19th century square crenellated

tower porch approach by flight steps. 3-bay north facade

with centre wallhead gable and apex stack, linked to continuous

west later 19th century extension by high round-headed recessed

bay. Re-used pediment in south gable, re-cut 1834 datestone

and later raising of upper floor windows through wallhead in

pedimented gablets.

House re-cast to south in late 19th century with main centre

entrance in base of 3-storey square, crenellated tower with

exaggerated angle bartizan. Round-headed hoodmoulded doorway,

flanked at right by gable of earlier house and to left by late

19th century gabled wing with angle window in ground floor.

Mainly 4-pane glazing; ornate carved Gothic Revival door in

east entrance; band courses; crowsteps; apex ball finials;

corniced end ridge and wallhead stacks; slate roofs.

Interior; ornate cornices in some rooms.

Statement of Special Interest

A "mansion" in 1884. Commanding position overlooking Scrabster

and Thurso Bay, on site of former Scrabster Castle, seat of the

Bishops of Caithness.

Ornate carved door in east entrance said to have come from

Thurso Castle, 1872-78 (now ruinous).

This entrance used as main entry up to later 19th century (1st

ed. OS. 1872).



IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, ii, (circa 1858) p.702. Groome's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, vi, (1885) p. 438.

1st edition Ordnance Survey (1872)

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

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