Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 67833 79095
367833, 679095


Original centre block circa 1740, substantial flanking wings

and alterations 1792, R and J Adam. 3-storey and basement

pavilions; 2-storey, basement and attic centre. U-plan

classical mansion. Red sandstone, squared rubble to S (rear)

and W elevations; rendered E side and ashlar N front. Ashlar

dressings and projecting cill and band courses defining

ground and 2nd floor levels. 12-pane glazing pattern. Slate

roof with ashlar stacks.

N ENTRANCE FRONT: 7-bay central block advanced centre 3 bays

spanning basement recess; semi-circular portico adjoining

enclosing steps, massive Ionic columns and paterae frieze.

Balustrade with blank panels continued over portico and

recessed flanks. Semi-circular arched doorway, decorative

fanlight and panelled double doors. Boldly advanced,

pedimented, 3-bay, flanking pavilions. Arched recess at

centres, each enclosing tripartite window and 12-pane sash

window above. Dentil cornice.

S ELEVATION TO HIGH STREET: 2-storey 7-bay centre, set back

with advanced 3 central bays with arched recess enclosing

window and blind balustrade. Fluted and paterae frieze,

balustrade and parapet raised at centre, supporting winged

sphinx figure. Advanced, pedimented 3-bays at ends; ground

floor windows of W bays heightened.

E ELEVATION: altered for military accommodation; hollow well

behind full-height archway at centre bridged by balconies

with iron railings.

INTERIOR: little of original remaining. Dentilled

plasterwork; dado rail, classical timber fireplace in hall.

Stone stair; cast-iron balustrade and wooden rail.

Statement of Special Interest

Original commission by Captain James Fall MP, Merchant Prince of Dunbar. Sold by Robert Fall in 1788 for financial reasons to James, 8th Earl of Lauderdale. 1792 plans drawn after Adam s death; probably designed by his office. Substantial extension and alterations: street front closed and flight of steps removed. 1859 taken by the Government for the Haddingtonshire Militia. Sited by Castle Park, where additional barracks were built in 1911. Lauderdale House was used as army accommodation during the First World War. Late example of siting of large mansion in a town.



The Falls Family of Dunbar, W Forbes Gray. Transactions of

East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Vol III pp

120-141. Earl of Lauderdale papers NRA(S)832 p 60-61. Titles

and writs of lands from Fall. NMRS. Soane Museum Drawings.

Adam Collection vol 48, 49-60. NMRS 1790-92 Designs for

additions to earlier house, and stables. NMRS 1818 David

Roberts and John Jackson: interior decoration. Scottish Field

1958. C McWilliam LOTHIAN 1978 pp 185-6. J Miller HISTORY OF

DUNBAR 1859 p 246.

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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