Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 41499 69327
341499, 669327


17th century 2-storey house, altered in 1779 by removal of 1st floor for addition of new 1st and 2nd floors, and a similarly 3-storey projection at rear, and probably simultaneously, additions in re-entrant angle at rear creating service court; circa 1850 further alterations and 2-storey addition to rear projection, at right angles. Rubble, harl-pointed, squared and snecked in 19th century additions; relieving arches to windows of 17th and 18th century work; ashlar dressings and chemfered arrises.

E-W WING: 3 bays to S grouped towards centre; ground floor windows altered, tall 1st floor windows and small 2nd floor windows breaking eaves in gabled dormerheads (mid-19th century). 2-bay gabled end elevations; gabled ashlar porch added to E elevation, with mannered lintel to doorway and chamfered reveals (mid 19th century); windows at 1st floor; 2nd floor winow to S bay of both E and W elevations.

1779 ADDITION: 3-STOREY GABLED PROJECTION TO N elevation of earlier block to E.

CIRCA 1850 ADDITION: 2 tall storeys, gabled and adjoined at right angles l to 1779 projection, extending E. Blank gabled elevation to E; tripartite windows at ground and 1st floor to N; S elevation 2-bay, comprised of gabled bay with stack and bay with ground and 1st floor single windows.

Gabled single storey and attic addition in re-entrant angle at rear and pentice roofed addition to earlier house, forming narrow passage to rear doorway (currently with modern lead-to porch).

Small-pane glazing patterns in sash and case windows (plate glass in 3 windows of S elevation). Eand stakcs. Grey slates.


STABLE RANGE: 19th century. Rectangular-plan range to NW of house, comprised of taller block at centre, flanked to N and S by lower blocks in symmetrical fashion; garage entrance inserted; blank elevation to W; doorway to each block to E elevation. Rubble: ashlar coped skews; grey slates.

GARDEN SHEDS: 18th and 19th century. L-plan of group of toolsheds. Earlier range to E with piended roof at corner and pantiles. Taller gabled range, grey slates, to W. Machinery doors to both blocks.

RAILINGS, PIERS, RETAINING WALLS: decorative railings retained on coped rubble base to SW of house (roadside railings removed and replaced with harled wall); pyramid-capped ashlar gatepiers; rubble retaining walls and walled garden to NW.

Statement of Special Interest

The colourful history of the former manse and its inhabitants, including reference to the poet Allan Ramsay, is described by Whitehead. One ground floor room in the interior of the E-W wing retains an early beamed ceiling.



W Y Whitehead HISTORY OF ORMISTON (1937) pp66-83.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to MAIN STREET, ORMISTON HOUSE (FORMER MANSE) WITH OUT-BUILDINGS, RAILINGS AND RETAINING WALLS

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 20/11/2018 21:49