Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 40378 39369
440378, 1139369


Circa 1750, with later ateration. 3-storey 5-bay symmetrical former laird's house (now flats). Harl-pointed rubble walls with stugged and droved sandstone ashlar margins and dressings.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical 5-bay elevation grouped 1-3-1. Corniced doorpiece with lugged architrave in centre bay with carved armorial panel above, margined windows in flanking bays and to regularly-fenestrated upper floors.

S GABLE: 2-bay gable with windows at 1st and 2nd floors (blind in bay to right).

E (REAR) ELEVATION: windows at each floor flanking centre; door at ground to outer right.

N GABLE: 2-bay gable with windows at 1st and 2nd floors in bay to right.

Replacement 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Purple-grey slate roof with stugged ashlar skew-copes; rubble gablehead stacks with stone copes and circular cans.

BOUNDARY WALLS: random rubble garden wall to S; cement-rendered crenellated wall to E.

STEPS: stugged squared and snecked sandstone parapets to later double staircase rising from street to entrance level.

Statement of Special Interest

One of Shetland's finest haa houses, prominently sited above the waterfront. The armorial panel over the doorway commemorates the marriage of James Scott and Katherine Sinclair in 1750.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990), p42. John Gifford HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS (1992), p507.

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.

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