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 25059 74108
325059, 674108


Circa 1785. 3-storey basement and attic, 7-bay classical tenement with 2 main door houses flanking central common stair. Droved Craigleith sandstone ashlar (coursed stone to basement). Separate steps to doors at centre; Nos 40 and 41 architraved and corniced, with flush-panelled doors (altered at former); No 42 tripartite and pilastered with panelled door; 6-pane fanlight to No 40, 3-pane to No 41, plate glass to No 42. 2 different bipartite dormers; multitude of rooflights. Basement at No 40 (40a) with flush-panelled door, 5-pane flanlight, and single window to left; access to common basement door; at No 42, porch created to 42a under stair, 2 windows to right.

Coursed rubble 4-storey irregular 4-bay rear elevation; cut back at corner (No 40); to far left, projecting closet tower to 1st floor, tripartite window at 2nd floor.

12-pane timber sash and case windows (plate glass to upper E flat). Very substantial dressed stone mutual stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: No 41 with turnpike tenement stair at front of building.

No 40 with archway in Hall filled by modern glazed screen; straight flighted stair on axis, with round-headed window (continues to basement). 2 ground floor rooms slapped together, chimneypieces removed. At 1st floor, Drawing Room with panelled dado, ceiling enriched with geometric display of husks, modern coved cornice, and plain 19th century chimneypiece with cast-iron register grate. No 42 with pilastered basket arch in Hall and central curved cantilevered stair, with plain square banisters (positioned behind tenement stair). Dining Room with pilastered sideboard recess, dado and timber chimneypiece (not entered 1995).

RAILINGS: cast-iron spearhead railings (enriched at steps of No 40).

Statement of Special Interest

Built by Robert Wright and James Tait. 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; Queen Street was built to take advantage of the northern views, and has survived remarkably unaltered to this day.



RCAHMS INVENTORY no 132. MacRae Her 38. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp79,92.

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.

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