Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 23459 70660
323459, 670660


Original house dated LCSP 1565, 3-storey and attic rubble-

built, 72' x 25' 8" with square tower near W end of N front;

main gables have 18th century club skew, tower has original

crowsteps. Ground floor vaulted. NW wing dated 1746 added to

re-entrant angle of tower (forming L-plan) 3-storey 4-window

to E, 2 crowstepped chimney gables and large S crowstepped

gable to W. Harled with margins. Minor alterations at early

19th century restoration, more extensive alterations late in

century (Sydney Mitchell) for hospital purposes; some further alterations since. Poor modern wooden verandah encloses

original doorways. Original gatepiers built into garden


Statement of Special Interest

Built by the Symsounes of Craighouse; belonged to the Dicks

from at least 1685. In the 19th century it was the residence

of John Hill Burton, historian



Inv 224 (Midlothian);

MacRae Her 32

C & D Arch v IV p.102

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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