Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 20375 71273
320375, 871273


LIGHTHOUSE: Alan Stevenson, engineer, James Smith, contractor,

dated 1844. Tall circular 7-storey lighthouse/tower with

semi-circular, single storey range clasping base. White

painted tooled ashlar, polished ashlar dressings, some

contrasting painted. Centre entrance in S face; pedimented

doorpiece with pulvinated stringcourse and inscription.

Further entrances in S facing end gables of single storey

range. Singel narrow window in each storey of N face (sea

facing); flared corbelled upper stage with cast-iron

balustrade and galzed light.

KEEPERS' COTTAGES: pair single storey, Egyptian style

cottages; 10-bay (2 mirrored 5 bays) frontage with

alternating advanced and recessed bays. Tooled ashlar,

polished ashlar dressings, all white painted. Entrance or

window in advanced bays, each with heavy concave cornice; 4-

pane glazing to sash windows; flat roofs with batteries of 2

or 4 square stacks with flared copes.

Cottages and lighthouse linked by low coped wall enclosing

central court.

STEADING: presumably 1844. Long single storey, 2 facing 6-

bay range; tooled rubble, tooled ashlar dressings. Off-centre segmental-headed cart bay (now masked by double leaf plank

doors); 6 dooways and mural vents; 2 ridge stacks; piended

slate roofs.

Statement of Special Interest

Inscription over main lighthouse entrance reads 'In salutem

omnium Northern Lights. Alan Stevenson, LLB, Engineer, James

Smith, Contractor, William Middlemiss, Superintendent.


The lighthouse now with automated light, the original light

in Lossiemouth Fisheries Museum.



J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), p. 296. John


p. 229.

About 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 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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but 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. 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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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