Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34880 72651
334880, 672651


Main building later 16th century 3-storey L-plan house,

more than doubled in length southwards circa 1620 producing

unified eastern frontage, 9 windows wide with moulded stringcourses at floor levels and 7 tall wallhead stacks in-taken towards top, 5th and 6th ground floor windows architraved and integrated with arched and pilastered niche or bower feature dated 1697, cornice broken by heraldic keyblock set in festoons.

Original north gable twin square pepper-pot turrets linked

by corbelled parapet, 1620 south gable has original mullioned and transomed canted bay of 7 lights, with prismatic roof, one-bay western return with stair tower in re-entrant angle now encapsulated in 1825 additions; jamb of older house on western frontage raised as tower of 5 lower storeys 1620, corbelled stair tower in re-entrant angle and circular angle towers all with ogee roofs, crenellated parapet southern half of frontage adjacent to tower deepened on plan by William Burn 1825, twin crowstepped gables with single storey entrance porch clasped in octagons and mullioned and transomed windows, 5 light windows 1st floor, 2 2-light windows above. South-east range lower 3-storey with dormer heads, segmentally arched transe, ridge stacks, 2 square outshots projecting into court (now linked by 1825 corridor) on north side, 18th century 3-window bow added at eastmost bay on south elevation. Glazing mainly 18th and 19th century small-paned sashes. Courtyard walls (originally 120 ft N-S and 140 ft E-W) only partly survive, but within court Renaissance draw well, 3-stepped base, square plan arched superstructure with panelled podium, Doric columned angles with obelisk finials lettered frieze and open crown top with baluster and urn finial.

Interior: 1st floor painted gallery with timber ceiling 85 ft by 19 ft, high quality plaster ceilings of early-mid 17th century date.

Statement of Special Interest

House of Abbots of Dunfermline; barony acquired by Alexander

Secton 1596 (created Earl of Dunfermline 1605), died here 1622. Passed to John Hay, 1st Earl of Tweeddale 1688. Purchased by Archibald Hope of Rankeillor and Craighall (Fife), 9th bt., 1778.

Occupied by Loretto School since 1951.



Old Statistical Account.

RCAHMS Mid Lothian Inventory 1929, No 115.

McWilliam, Buildings of Scotland LOTHIAN 1978 p.355.

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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