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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62424 77316
362424, 677316


1848. 2-storey gabled house with adjoining single storey

service wing and stables forming U-plan courtyard to W.

Coursed pink sandstone with ashlar dressings and

chamfered arrises to window surrounds, mullions and

transoms. Rasied base course.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3 irregular bays. Advanced

gabled bay at centre. Roll-moulding to door surround

with hoodmould above stepped over square panel.

Tripartite in gable head with hoodmould and smaller,

blank panel above. Recessed gabled bay to left, wider,

with transomed tripartite at ground and tripartite at

1st floor; blank gable head panel as above. Outer right

bay windows as outer left, breaking eaves in dormerhead

at 1st.

N ELEVATION: wide gabled bay, slightly advanced to left

with full-height, 4-light canted bay swept into jerkin

gable head; recessed panels below cills and small square

in gable head. Other windows detailed as S elevation.

W ELEVATION: detailed as N elevation without the centre


E ELEVATION: M-gable to 2-storey house adjoined by varied

gabled single storey blocks to right and with taller

stable and hay loft block at right angles to left, with

segmentally arched carriage door and gabled hay loft

dormer. Partly paved court stack with set offs to S

gable of main E service cottage. Similar stack to left

of 2-storey M-gable. Horizontal-pane glazing pattern

to sash and case windows. Decorative barge boarding with

pendants to gables of main house and timber eaves

brackets. Grey slates. Some decorative gutter heads

retained. Polygonal ashlar stacks with moulded copings

and bases, set on pedestals in pairs and triplets.

WALLED GARDEN: to S of house. High squared rubble walls

enclosing rectangular garden.

GARDENER'S COTTAGE: to NW of house. 3-bay single storey

gabled cottage in same materials as house, with

chamfered arrises. Entrance to S with windows flanking.

Blank gables to E and W. Small-pane glazing to sash and

case windows. Timber eaves brackets; grey slates.

Currently serving as garden shed (1987).

GATEPIERS: 3 sets. 2 pairs of squat, squared rubble

piers with pyramid coping, one set by road to NE and

other by house to E. Former main driveway (currently

blocked) with taller square ashlar piers, pyramid coped

and adjoined by rubble coped rubble quadrants.

Statement of Special Interest

the house was commissioned by Mrs Hamilton Nisbet

Ferguson (styled 'of Ninewar' in NSA II 1835) and the

architect was quite possibly David Bryce whose buildings

on the Castlemilk Estate, bear Lockerbie, are very

similar. Thomas Hannan was the mason, John Swinton, the

wright. The barge boarding and jerkin head became

widespread, for example, at St Ann's, York Road, North

Berwick and at Belford Road, Edinburgh. Loudon's


design in same style, figures 850, 2110. The site of the

house was referred to as Ninvar on Adair's 1736 map and

as Nineware on Thomson's of 1822. The name surely

derived from the biblical Ninevah.



SRO RHP.1255

SRO Entails: SC40.67.10, p196.

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