Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 23726 80594
423726, 1180594


Single storey, 3-bay cottage with outbuildings adjoining gables to N and S to give L-plan group. Harl-pointed rubble walls to cottage, random rubble drystone walls to outbuildings. Vertically-boarded timber door centring E elevation of cottage, 4-pane timber sash and case windows in flanking bays. Ruin adjoining mutual chimney gable to S, square rubble pier between cottage and shed to N; latter with vertically-boarded timber doors centring N gable, shallow-pitched felt roof with concrete skew copes. Roofless shed adjoining at right angle to E with doorway to left in E gable. Further shed to W of cottage with doorway to left in E elevation; wallheads built up with modern roof above.

Statement of Special Interest

Williamson was a local pioneer in the use of vaccines against smallpox. 'Unassisted by education, and unfettered by the rules of art. He is careful in providing the best matter and keeps it a long time before he puts it to use - sometimes 7 or 8 years. And, in order to lessen its virulence, he first dries it in peat smoke, and then puts it under the ground covered in a small knife, made by his own hand, he gently raises a very little of the outer skin of the arm ....then puts in a very small quantity of the matter....The only plaister he uses, for healing the wound, is a bit of cabbage leaf'.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p65.

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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