Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
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NT 25776 73741
325776, 673741


John Gershom Adams, 1899. 5-storey 8-bay hotel building with Scots Baronial detailing. Coursed bull-faced sandstone with polished dressings. Continuous cornice to ground floor, stepping up over tripartite entrance; string course between 2nd and 3rd floors, stepping up over tripartite windows to centre bay; eaves cornice. Finialled, slate-roofed tourelles to outer left and to left of centre bay corbelled out at 4th floor; crenellated oriel corbelled out at 2nd floor in 2nd bay from right; projecting wallhead stack with corbel courses between 3rd and 4th bays from left; ball-finialled crowstepped gable to centre. Bipartite windows in 3 bays to left; bipartites in 4th from left; tripartites above entrance; single windows to right with bipartites above oriel. Modern canopy over entrance.

Modern glazing to ground; plate glass in timber sash and case windows above. Grey slates. Coursed ashlar stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as the Cockburn Hotel. Dean of Guild drawings show Adams' original design, more complex and more richly embellished, and the final design, simplified, presumably due to cost constraints, although the towering form still suits its situation, below the backdrop of the Old Town.



Dean of Guild 9th November 1899. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 230.

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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