Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 37801 67142
337801, 967142


Late 17th century house substantially re-cast late 18th

century. Tall mansion of 3 storeys over raised basement,

sited on mound, witth symmetrical 5-bay north front with

advanced and gabled centre bay with apex ball finial;

single bay rear wing rises full height at SE.

All harled, with ashlar margins and dressings of Eday

(Orkney) stone. Further roofless, harl pointed rubble

2-storey, irregular 6-bay range extends south from SW corner

of main house, forming west side of high walled courtyard

and pierced by round-headed entrance with channelled jambs

and furnished with dummy portcullis. Segmental-headed

carriage house entrance at right of main entrance; 2

doorways and 3 narrow slit vents to be left.

Principal doorway in south front of house within courtyard,

reached by splayed flight of steps with coped rubble

balustrade; further secondary entrances in W elevation of

centre bay, north front, and in SE wing, both at raised

basement level. Windows diminish in size in upper storeys;

lying pane glazing; moulded eaves cornice and skewputts;

crowsteps to all but south gable of SE wing; renewed end and

ridge stacks; Caithness slate roof.

Interior; vaulted basement wheel stair; imported marble

chimney piece in drawing room, some panelled doors

survive, but much modern interior work.

Courtyard walls; high coped rubble walls close courtyard

to east and south, extending at east to steading.

Statement of Special Interest

Seat of Sinclairs of Freswick.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791) (1979 ed. edited by I R

Grant and D J Witherington) p. 30. Nicholas Carlisle,


nos. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1840) p. 27.

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.

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