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
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 71422 57642
371422, 757642


Early 19th century frontage incorporating earlier fabric. Single storey and basement, 3-bay, castellated facade, 3-storeys to connected house to rear. Sandstone ashlar to front, painted lined render to sides and rear. Band course above basement, ground floor cill course, cornice and crenellated parapet.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 8-step stone flight and platt with cast-iron balustrade oversailing basement and leading to round-arched entrance, partly infilled, 2-leaf doors. Corbel course above. Bays flanking; full height canted windows. Single bay to right set back.

SW ELEVATION: blank to front, adjoining 5 Castle Place to rear.

NE ELEVATION: blank wall to right advanced, door and window in return. Central section set back, paired windows at ground, single windows at 1st and 2nd floors. Gable end to left, single window off-set to right at 1st floor.

Timber sash and case windows, 12-pane to front, 8-pane to side. Grey slate pitched roof to rear, flat roof to front. 2 gablehead stacks and 1 ridge stack to house at rear, 2 wallhead stacks at sides of front section.

INTERIOR: room at ground floor in house to rear with exceptional deeply embossed ceiling covering of unusual pattern, moulded timber or plaster cornices. Architraved and corniced timber fireplace. All else modernized and converted to offices.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: Coped, rendered wall to front, cast-iron railings with alternately decorative finials above basement.

Statement of Special Interest

Reputedly on the site of the birthplace of James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, (born 1612). However he may have been born in the Castle at Forthill where the Infirmary now stands. Groome believed the town house of the Duke of Montrose to have "long been gone", but locates it in the area of Castlestead. The surviving building appears to be created from two parallel and connecting houses. Now in use as a "Job Centre" (1998). Part of the 3, 4, 5 and 6 Castle Place B Group.



Shown on Wood's Plan of the Town of Montrose, 1822. J G Low, THE CLOSES OF MONTROSE, p19. Groome's GAZETTEER.

About Listed Buildings

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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)

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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.

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