Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 91959 55826
291959, 855826


Archibald Simpson, 1830. Austere classical mansion, 2

storeys over basement, with 5-bay main elevations facing

east and west. All polished ashlar.

East front; centre entrance with moulded architraves

within fluted Ionic tetrastyle portico; long flanking

ground floor windows; corniced parapet (encircling

house); centre stepped and raised blocking course.

West front; bowed 3-window centre bays rising full

height; outer single ground floor French windows set

within segmental headed recesses, each with diminutive

wreath carved over architrave.

4-bay south elevation; 3-bay north elevation with blind

outer bay fenestration. Multi-pane glazing.

Symmetrical corniced wallhead stacks (north and south)

and paired centre stacks; shallow piended platform slate


Interior; entrance hall with coffered ceiling and Ionic

screen leading to (west) drawing room. All public rooms

with simple corniced ceilings and original marble

chimney pieces; original panelled doors and moulded

door pieces; curved staircase to north with cast-iron

balustrade with palmette detailing.

Statement of Special Interest

Unsigned and undated plans (which appear original)

retained in house.

Built by Capt. Sir James A. Dunbar, RN, on site of and

to replace "the great stane-house" that had been in the

Dunbar family since mid 16th century. "Boath House an elegant building.... of freestone taken from a quarry on the

property but not within the parish of Auldearn. the freestone

of a beautiful whiteness has retained its colour almost

uninjured by the elements". (1842)

1 ground floor room converted to modern kitchen circa






OF NAIRNSHIRE (1893) pp.444-50. Lachlan Shaw, THE HISTORY OF

THE PROVINCE OF MORAY, ii, (new. ed. 1882) p.256.


ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840. (1978) p.737.

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.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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