Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 56332 30714
356332, 830714


Roofless, but otherwise complete. Dated (A)RTHUR'S SEAT

BUILT IN THE YEAR 1757 and 17(?). Symmetrical palladian

mansion. 2-storey and full basement centre block, raised

pedimented centre of slate-coloured ashlar with rusticated

Venetian at piano nobile with 2 windows and oval panel

above, 2 windows either side, squared rubble with

slate-coloured dressings. Plain canted bay at back. Quoin

angles. 2-window and centre door single storey quadrant

links to sqaure. 2-storey wings of 2 x 2 windows.

Considerable additions in same style at E. wing.

Statement of Special Interest

Gutted c. 1953. Little of interior decoration remains.

Wooden main staircase in front hall rising through

2-storeys. Drawing room said to have good plasterwork

interior otherwise plain. For photographs of house and

policies complete and history of family see J.M. Bulloch

Gordon mss. King's College Library.



O.S.A. v. XIII p. 80

N.S.A. v. XII p. 584 & 750 as Gordon Hall. 'David Gordon,

merchant in Cadiz.'

3 S.A. p. 632

Laing, Donean Tourist 'Arthur's Seat, now Gordon Hall, erected by

Arthur Gordon of Wardhouse.

The name Arthur's Seat refers to John Hardyng's verse on

his map which describes King Arthur having held his court

at 'Donydoure' (Dunnideer).

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.

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