Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24955 73804
324955, 673804


After 1792; subsequent alterations. 3-storey basement and attic 7-bay former pair of classical houses with flats above; modern shop built out at ground to No 14. Droved cream sandstone ashlar with polished dressings (4 left bays stone cleaned). Arcaded V-jointed rustication to houses at ground; long and short rusticated quoins. Centre bay to common stair slightly recessed. Band course above ground floor; lintel course to 1st floor; dentilled eaves cornice. At 2nd floor, blind centre windows to flanking blocks. Richly carved doorpiece with fluted pilasters and plate glass fanlight to No 10; ground and 1st floor windows (belonging to original house) stop-chamfered; pair of early 19th century bowed slate-hung dormers (left wider). Full-width 20th century slate-hung box dormer to No 14 with tripartite window to left and canted window to right.

Timber sash and case windows; 12-pane to No 10, plate glass to No 14 (multi-pane to attic). Ashlar coped skews to outer walls; mutual stone apex stack to S, rendered to N; smaller rendered stacks to inner walls; grey slates.

INTERIOR: No 10 with enriched ceiling to entrance Hall, disturbed by 19th century glazed screen. Pilastered archway to central curved cantilevered stair, open to basement, alternate decorative cast-iron banisters; extended with dog-leg to 2nd floor. Former Dining Room with fluted pilastered sideboard recess, panelled dado, black slate chimneypiece. Rear left room with similar recess. At 1st floor 19th century alterations to create 2-bay Drawing Room with panelled dado and contemporary grey marble chimneypiece, cornice, and double doors to rear left room. No 14 considerably altered to retail premises, and extended to rear; Jacobean ceilings survive at ground, suspended ceilings at 1st floor; remnants of 19th century stair with cast-iron barley twist banisters; vestigial remains of enriched entrance hall ceiling. Originally 4 flats from common stair, 2 to each floor.

RAILINGS: cast-iron spearhead railings to area and steps.

Statement of Special Interest

Robert Reid?s first Edinburgh house was at No 14. A Group with Nos 16-20 (even nos) Castle Street as a significant surviving part of the original fabric of Edinburgh?s New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p292. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) p92.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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