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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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25773 74365
325773, 674365


1795. 3-storey, attic and basement, 3-bay terraced classical house. Broached ashlar sandstone; V-jointed rustication at principal floor. Base course; band courses between basement and principal floor, principal and 1st floor; cill course at 1st floor; mutuled cornice and blocking course at 2nd floor. Architraved windows with cornices at 1st floor, pedimented with consoles in bay at centre. Projecting cills at 2nd floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platt oversailing basement.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: pedimented Roman Doric tripartite doorpiece in bay to left at principal floor, comprising pilasters and engaged columns flanking 4-panel timber door with radial rectangular fanlight, 5-pane sidelights. Windows in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above and basement. Carved stone plaque centred between principal and 1st floor, in shape of artist's palette, reading 'In this house, built by him, Sir Henry Raeburn painted from 1798 to 1809', with ornamental festoon. Tooled central wallhead tablet, reading 'Raeburn House'. Flagged basement area.

W ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (30 York Place).

E ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (34 York Place).

N (REAR) ELEVATION: not seen, 1998. 2-bay; irregular fenestration, with alterations and additions.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate M-roof. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Broached ashlar ridge stack; coped, with circular cans. Coped skews.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1998.

RAILINGS: ashlar copes surmounted by cast-iron railings with spear-headed and urn finials.

Statement of Special Interest

: Part of the Edinburgh New Town A Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. Feuing in York Place began in 1793, after Lord Alva sold land to the north east of St Andrew Square to the city.

Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), one of Scotland's greatest painters and the portraitist who created the visual image of Scotland during the later years of the Enlightenment, moved to York Place from his studio in George Street, in 1799, and adapted the building to include a studio, as well as a reception area and gallery for visitors. He enlarged some of the openings to the rear of the building, as north-facing studio windows, as well as putting in specific shutters and chamfering the first floor window lintel to increase and control the amount of light. Some of his most memorable portraits were painted here, including 'Sir Duncan Campbell of Barcaldine', 'Francis MacNab' and 'Macdonell of Glengarry'.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), pp332-3; McKean, EDINBURGH (1992), pp109-110; MacRae Heritors 19 and 38; Thomson, RAEBURN (1997), p24.

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.

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