Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
NT 8856 79016
308856, 679016


Built by Sir William Bruce 1699-1704 but remodelled and extended by William Adam 1721-48. Consists of corps de logis linked by quadrant colonnades to advanced pavilions. All of ashlar. Before E. front lies a semi-circular terrace ornamented with sphinxes.

CORPS DE LOGIS: Central part of W. front (2 storeys on basement; 7 bays; piended slated roof; portico) is work of Bruce. E. front (long facade faced with giant order of Corinthian pilasters; balustraded attic storey above cornice) is work of W. Adam.

Interior: stair by Bruce (carving by Alexander and William Eizat). Splendid suite of rooms (including Red and Yellow Drawing Rooms by Robert Adam).

PAVILIONS: 1 storey faced with pilasters; central octagonal towers capped by cupolas. Stables in N. pavilion; Ballroom in S.

Statement of Special Interest

John Hope of Hopetoun (Leadhills, Lanarkshire) purchased

Barony of Abercorn 1678 from <> Seton. This and other

properties acquired by Hope in this parish were consolidated

and called Hopetoun Estate. John's son and heir, Charles

(created Earl of Hopetoun 1703) undertook building of

mansion to replace Midhope House. General Sir John Hope,

4th Earl, was born here 1765. John Hope, 7th Earl, first

Governor of Australia, was created Marquess of Linlithgow







Vitruvius Brittanicus, 11 (plans; ills.)

Vitruvius Scoticus (plans; ills.)

About 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 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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but 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. 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 advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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