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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 20/12/1976


  • Local Authority: West Lothian
  • Planning Authority: West Lothian
  • Burgh: Linlithgow

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 724 77092
  • Coordinates: 300724, 677092


MALTING BARN: 1880. 4-storey, 13-bay rectangular-plan maltings building joined to 2-storey double kiln with pagoda roofs. Coursed cream sandstone rubble, ashlar dressings, rock-faced window surrounds. Symmetrically placed windows, small windows in upper 3 storeys. Eaves course, quoins.

N (STREET) ELEVATIONS: 6 bays at ground and 1st floor; 13 symmetrical bays to upper storeys. Tall narrow 4-centred arch doorpiece off-centre left, chamfered surround, keystone, fanlight, 4-centred arch opening to right, keystone dated 1880; bipartite window above at 1st floor, shouldered-arch loading door with gabled dormerhead above to top storey. Windows to remaining bays, small windows to bays to upper storey. Door in return to left.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: door off-centre right window flanking to right; 13 symmetrical bays to upper 3 storeys, with small window to each bay except door to 1st floor to outer left with metal forestair.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: 4 bays; small windows symmetrically disposed to each bay to upper 3 storeys including fire escape doors to outer right.

INTERIOR: cast-iron columns supporting wooden floors.

DOUBLE KILNS: lower 2-storey block adjoined to malting barn to E and set back from street.

N (STREET) ELEVATION: segmental-headed opening to centre with 2-leaf boarded doors suspended on sliding track, flanked by windows; 2 small windows at 1st floor.

Wooden mullions and transom windows, wooden shutters lower, fixed-pane upper. Grey slate roof with double pagoda roofs to kilns.

Statement of Special Interest

The whisky distillery, of which Provost Adam Dawson was a proprietor, was moved from its former site at Bonnytoun Farm to be near supplies of coal and coke transported along the canal in 1834. The distillery was called St Magdalene's because of its situation on the lands called St Magdalene's Cross, once the site of the popular and important 'Madaline' fair, which in turn derived its name from St Magdalene's Chapel which stood nearby. In 1912 the owners A & J Dawson Ltd went into liquidation, and it was taken over by The Distillers Copmpany, which was incorporated into Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd in 1914. Planning application in progress (1991) to change building to residential use.




About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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