Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 49806 4979
349806, 704979


Built circa 1820. Classical villa; symmetrical; 2 storeys

over raised basement, 3 bays, with bowed single storey over

basement bay on west; various extensions to north and to west

by Sir Robert Lorimer, Architect 1916-31. Original House is

ashlar, rock-faced at basement, rusticated to ground floor,

and polished at 1st floor. South elevation: ground floor

openings in shallow recessed segmental-arched panels;

tripartite windows with blind balustrades, central advanced

bay with pilastered doorpiece, fanlight and sidelights at

head of flight of splayed steps with screens added 1919. 1st

floor with central tripartite (blind outer lights), single

windows in outer bays. Band course over ground floor and

basement, string course between ground floor windows, cornice

and blocking course, latter raised centrally. 2 piended

dormers added 1919; symmetrically placed stacks and slate

roof. Extended to north by Sir Robert Lorimer: 3 bays to

harled north elevation: door with tall fanlight in lugged

architrave at right, bipartites to ground floor of lower,

advanced central and left bays.

Square, single storey, flat-roofed, harled study added at

north west corner 1927, simple rectangular conservatory

beyond against south wall of outhouse. Study has 2 tall

18-pane sashes to south elevation, single sash to west: single

tall stack.

2 sundials in garden.

Statement of Special Interest

Probably built for Robert Gillespie Smith of Gibliston


Purchased by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1916, and still (1981)

owned by his family.

Comparable elevation drawing in David Hamilton collection at

Glasgow University.

House contains some furniture designed by Lorimer.



Lorimer drawings in SNMR

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. 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.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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