Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 20294 76097
320294, 676097


Before 1600. 3-storey and attic turreted rubble-built tower-house, originally T-plan, 40' x 24'. Remodelled, large 2-storey Scots-Tudor addition by Wm Burn 1827: further additions, chiefly two porches and internal improvements 1845, probably W.H. Playfair.

Statement of Special Interest

Associations with John Law, founder of The Banque Royal de

France and promoter of the Mississipi scheme.



Inv. 39 (Midlothian)

MacRae Her. 32;

Plans City Architect;

C & D Arch v.IV p.91

Lauriston Castle (J.A. Fairley); N S A v.I p.596. Original house

built for Sir Archibald Napier of Merchiston. The Burn

additions were for Thomas Allen who sold to Ramsay of Barnton

in 1835: to Lord Rutherford 1844. Playfair was a close friend

of the Rutherfords.

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