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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Group Category Details: A - See notes
  • Date Added: 30/01/1981
  • Supplementary Information Updated: 26/03/1998


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 16785 75439
  • Coordinates: 316785, 675439


17th century, obelisk-shaped, red sandstone sundial to E of entrance elevation; square plinth, rounded base, and globe surmounted by shaft, capped by polyhedron dials, later sandstone capital. 17th century, sandstone, horizontal sundial to rear; carved pedestal, sundial engraved with arms of Marquis of Annandale, with inscription, reading 'Made in England, Instrument Maker to Her Majesty at Charing X, London'.

Statement of Special Interest

The 17th century sundial at the front of the house was found in a field to the S of the Mess in 1965, broken and enclosed by railings. It was restored and placed in front of the house as a focal point. The carved stone sundial at the rear of the house is very similar to one at Hopetoun House.



A Group with Craigiehall, including Dovecot, Grotto, Grotto Bridge, Stable Court and Walled Garden (see separate listings).

MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND, VOL V (1971); C B Innes, CRAIGIEHALL (Limited edition by Army Headquarters Scotland, 1996).

About Designations

Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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