Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 71421 57602
371421, 757602


1762, including earlier fabric and later work. 2-storey and attic, and 3-storey, L-plan house with cellar. Brick with stone dressings, built on stone foundations of older house. Stone and rendered base course. Raised stone quoins and long and short margins. Relieving arches.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: irregular fenestration. Cavetto doorpiece to left, curved canopy on wrought-iron brackets, rectangular 3-pane fanlight, 2-leaf panelled doors. Window centred above at 1st floor and window immediately to right at 1st floor. Window to right at ground and doorway to extreme right.

S ELEVATION: framing entrance courtyard; 3 bays, doorway to right at ground with narrow rectangular fanlight, tall stair window above rising through 1st and 2nd floors. 2 bays to left symmetrical with windows at ground, 1st and 2nd floors. Gable end of main wing to right; window to left at 1st floor, small window to centre in gablehead.

E ELEVATION: symmetrical 5-bay garden front; 9-step stone flight and platt leading to full-height doorway and window with curvilinear head, 2-leaf glazed doors at ground, timber dentil cornice, large stained glass window above with leaded lights. Stone-mullioned tripartite window flanking at round, 2 windows above at 1st floor, canted dormer above outer bays, later dormer to centre.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate pitched roofs, decorative terracotta ridge tiles, coped skews. Substantial brick gablehead stacks to N, S and W.

INTERIOR: rubble cellar of original house with notable brick, lined wine bins. Stone flagged entrance hall, broad dog-leg staircase with fine wrought-iron balustrade, each baluster containing leaf forms and flower-heads, 19th Century stained glass to landing window. Principal rooms on 1st floor; that to right with fluted Corinthian pilasters, decorative cornice, frieze and ceiling. That to left with round-arched full-height niche and decorative cornice. Rooms in W wing smaller, bedroom at 2nd floor with deep coving. 18th Century, 2 panel doors remain throughout house. Kitchen at lower level in W wing with exceptional keystoned range against W gale. Semi-circular oven flue projection on outside of W gable.

BOUNDARY WALLS: brick and rubble boundary walls to rear (E) and side (S).

Statement of Special Interest

One of the most remarkable and notable of Montrose's "town houses". The present brick house was built in 1762 by John Straton upon the foundations and lower walls of an earlier house. A continuous line of owners from 1663 is recorded, but the age of the stone building is uncertain. The grounds originally extended beyond the present Melville Hall to the east and to Castle place to the west. The present entrance is through the pend at 9 and 11 Castle Place, this access being a condition of the sale of the land for the building of dwellings on Castle Place in the 18th Century.



MONTROSE STANDARD, 15th, 22nd and 29th September 1960. THE CLOSES OF MONTROSE, J G Low, pp16-17.

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.

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