Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 48580 23694
348580, 623694


16th century, with 1689 and later alterations. 2-storey and part-basement, 3-bay farmhouse with single storey extensions. Whitewashed rubble with some quoin strips, stone cills and painted margins. Corniced, roll-moulded doorpiece. Stone mullions.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: projecting bay to centre with moulded doorpiece incorporating relief carved lintel with 'MRC?IS 1689', deep-set boarded timber door and 3-part fanlight; re-entrant angle to left with low piend-roofed bay with window in return to left, and tiny window to 1st floor of set-back face; further single storey piended

projection with bipartite window and single window on return to left in re-entrant angle to right, this adjoining single storey bays projecting at outer right.

E ELEVATION: blank gabled elevation.

S ELEVATION: bays grouped (2-1). Part basement to left; centre bay with pitch-roofed porch, door slightly to left at basement, window to centre at ground and door on return to right, windows in flanking bays (that to right converted to bipartite), further windows in adjoining single storey bays at outer left; regular fenestration to 1st floor; 3 small cast-iron rooflights above.

4-, 8-pane and plate glass glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Mutuled brick stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen 2002.

Statement of Special Interest

The principal rectangle of the farmhouse is the earliest part, being of 16th century date, and was probably built by James Vach who succeeded to the lands of Synton in 1536. The north centre projection and 17th century dated lintel were probably installed by Robert Cunningham and his wife, possibly Isabel Scott of Synton. The Inventory mentions a vaulted basement of 16th century date, as well as a southern entrance with round-arched doorway and 'shelved aumbry'.



RCAHMS Inventory SELKIRK (1957), p50, No27, Pl VIII, fig 36.

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.

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