Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27224 76436
327224, 676436


Possibly mid 18th century, reconstructed later, restored 1991. 3-storey 7-bay former tenement with pend at centre, now converted into offices. Variegated sandstone, coursed rubble with droved dressings.

NW (FRONT) ELEVATION: segmental-arched cobbled pend to centre; 2 single windows above. Low doorway flanking to left. Doorway to right divided from pend by recently formed window. Single windows to remaining bays.

SE (REAR) ELEVATION: wide opening to 2 floors above pend infilled with timber weather-boarding and 2 large windows. Irregularly spaced windows to either sides. Some remains of blocked-up openings; relieving arch over 1st floor window to right.

Mostly modern 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Slate roof; small central stack.

INTERIOR: gutted and converted to offices 1991.

Statement of Special Interest

Birthplace of John Home (born 1808), author of ?Douglas?. During the recent restoration a number of new windows have been formed.



Building shown on the site on Alexander Wood ?Plan of the town of Leith? 1777. Gifford et al, EDINBURGH (1984), p471.

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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