Listed Building

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ND 19965 33582
319965, 933582


Latheron School comprises an 1821 two-storey, three bay schoolhouse and a later 19th century, slightly advanced single-storey, four-bay classroom attached to the west gable of the schoolhouse. The school was extended around 1878. Rubble with tooled ashlar dressings, slate roofs.

The schoolhouse has a central entrance opening with a timber lean-to porch, added in the 20th century. The schoolhouse has replacement windows, predominantly 12-pane glazing throughout and and coped end chimneystacks.The school has four large windows in south elevation and a single segmental headed window in the centre of west gable. Predominantly lying-pane glazing. Stone finial on west gable and wallhead chimneystacks.

Roughly coped dry stone walls surround the school and schoolhouse with two pairs of square gatepiers on the south wall. There is a wall dividing the south frontage.

Statement of Special Interest

Latheron School is a good, representative example of its building type for its date. The exterior form of Latheron School continues to clearly show the historic function of the building as a pre-1872 Education Act parish school with an attached schoolhouse. Externally it has not been significantly altered since the late 19th century, when the classroom accommodation was extended, directly showing the impact the 1872 Education Act had on school provision in this area.

The schoolhouse may have been designed by William Davidson or Mr Alexander of Golspie, and dates from 1821. The classroom was built after the schoolhouse and by 1871 (as it is shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map).

The 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1871 shows the front wall of the rectangular-plan classroom was previously flush with the front wall of the schoolhouse. A newspaper article from July 1878 confirms that the classroom was extended to the south and an additional classroom was added at the rear. These changes can be seen in the footprint of the building on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (revised 1905). In the late 19th century changes to a school to increase its accommodation are not unusual, particularly after the 1872 Education (Scotland) Act, when education was compulsory and pupil numbers increased.

Listed building record updated in 2020.



Canmore: CANMORE ID 95070.


Ordnance Survey (surveyed 1871, published 1873) Caithness XXXIX.3 (Latheron). 25 inches to the mile. 1st Edition. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey (revised 1905, published 1906) Caithness XXXIX.3 (Latheron). 25 inches to the mile. 2nd Edition. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Printed Sources

Gifford, J. (1992) The Buildings of Scotland: Highlands and Islands. London: Penguin Group, p.122.

John o' Groat Journal (18 July 1878) Schoolhouses, &c., in the District, p.6.

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