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
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 26286 73337
326286, 673337


Later 18th century. 2-storey and attic, 7-bay tenement with semi-elliptical-arched pend to far left, leading to courtyard and former Quaker Meeting House (see separate listing). Coursed pale pink sandstone rubble with raised ashlar dressings. Some ground floor openings altered from doors to windows. Square piers and cornice to pend. Later mansard roof with flat-roofed bipartite dormer windows.

Predominantly 12- and 8-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Raised skews. Gable and ridge stacks.

Statement of Special Interest

B group with 48 and 48 A and 60 The Pleasance.

This example of a later 18th century tenement incorporated a pend and it contributes much to the distinctive character of the streetscape of The Pleasance. Together with Nos 48 and 48A and 60 The Pleasance this run forms a significant group and is an integral component of the character of The Pleasance. It is likely that the central door was originally flanked by a pair of shops although the door openings have since been converted to windows. The stone work is similar to the Quaker Meeting House to the rear (East) and both may have been built at the same time (1791).

List description revised as part of Edinburgh Holyrood Ward resurvey 2007-08.

Category changed form B to C(S), 2008.



Alexander Kincaid, A Plan of the City and suburbs of Edinburgh, 1784, NLS.

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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