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JOHNSCLEUGH HOUSE AND STEADINGLB17508

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
05/02/1971
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Whittingehame
NGR
NT 63136 66433
Coordinates
363136, 666433

Description

Mid 17th century with later alterations. 2-storey

rectangular plan laird's house (in substantial and unusual

plan form) with later steading adjoined. Sited on steep

incline. Whinstone rubble, rounded at corners and with

some ashlar dressings. Variety of small, irregularly

spaced windows.

S ELEVATION: later squat conical slate roofed stair

projection added off-centre to right, with blocked outline

of former 1st floor window evident behind, and with

window inserted on stair well; doorway at base of stair

turret, 19th century stone mullioned bipartite to right of

door. 2, 19th century windows to 1st floor window under

eaves at centre, with smaller window in outer left bay,

comparable to those on N elevation; evidence of blocked

opening below; wallhead stack of late origin flanking to

left and 2 further 1st floor windows. Lean-to greenhouse

added at ground to outer left.

N ELEVATION: largely blank, with low doorway to vaulted

chamber off-centre to right, and narrow window inserted

in blocked former archway to centre at ground; 2 small

1st floor windows. Steading abutting at N corner.

E ELEVATION: steeply pitched with massive wallhead stack;

small 1st floor window to left.

W ELEVATION: blank with small 1st floor window to left;

wallhead stack of more modest proportions than that the E

gable.

Variety of glazing patterns, mainly 4-pane sash and case.

Grey slates; ashlar coping to skews and stacks.

INTERIOR: particularly thick walls; originally with 2 barrel

vaulted chambers at ground, one retained.

Possible ingleneuk at 1st floor to E end.

OUTBUILDINGS: U-plan single storey outbuildings adjoined

to N of house; rubble whinstone, thatched until 1972,

currently with corrugated roofing.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally owned by the Lauder family, currently the

property of the Earl of Haddington. However, an earlier date

is conceivable, in which case the ownership becomes more

complicated. It is linked by a cart-track to Mayshiel (listed separately), of similar form and status. Allegedly the

vast stack and vaulted chambers were formed for curing

herring, taking advantage of the herring road to Lauder

from Dunbar and the local peat. However, this is debatable.

References

Bibliography

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BERWICKSHIRE NATURALISTS CLUB 1896-1898,

p198.

RCAHMS INVENTORY 216.

N Tranter, FORTIFIED HOUSE IN SCOTLAND p35.

Further information courtesy of Dr John Shaw, Royal Museum

of Scotland.

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