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

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. 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.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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