Listed Building

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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

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 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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but 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. 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 advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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