Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 41499 69327
341499, 669327


17th century 2-storey house, altered in 1779 by removal of 1st floor for addition of new 1st and 2nd floors, and a similarly 3-storey projection at rear, and probably simultaneously, additions in re-entrant angle at rear creating service court; circa 1850 further alterations and 2-storey addition to rear projection, at right angles. Rubble, harl-pointed, squared and snecked in 19th century additions; relieving arches to windows of 17th and 18th century work; ashlar dressings and chemfered arrises.

E-W WING: 3 bays to S grouped towards centre; ground floor windows altered, tall 1st floor windows and small 2nd floor windows breaking eaves in gabled dormerheads (mid-19th century). 2-bay gabled end elevations; gabled ashlar porch added to E elevation, with mannered lintel to doorway and chamfered reveals (mid 19th century); windows at 1st floor; 2nd floor winow to S bay of both E and W elevations.

1779 ADDITION: 3-STOREY GABLED PROJECTION TO N elevation of earlier block to E.

CIRCA 1850 ADDITION: 2 tall storeys, gabled and adjoined at right angles l to 1779 projection, extending E. Blank gabled elevation to E; tripartite windows at ground and 1st floor to N; S elevation 2-bay, comprised of gabled bay with stack and bay with ground and 1st floor single windows.

Gabled single storey and attic addition in re-entrant angle at rear and pentice roofed addition to earlier house, forming narrow passage to rear doorway (currently with modern lead-to porch).

Small-pane glazing patterns in sash and case windows (plate glass in 3 windows of S elevation). Eand stakcs. Grey slates.


STABLE RANGE: 19th century. Rectangular-plan range to NW of house, comprised of taller block at centre, flanked to N and S by lower blocks in symmetrical fashion; garage entrance inserted; blank elevation to W; doorway to each block to E elevation. Rubble: ashlar coped skews; grey slates.

GARDEN SHEDS: 18th and 19th century. L-plan of group of toolsheds. Earlier range to E with piended roof at corner and pantiles. Taller gabled range, grey slates, to W. Machinery doors to both blocks.

RAILINGS, PIERS, RETAINING WALLS: decorative railings retained on coped rubble base to SW of house (roadside railings removed and replaced with harled wall); pyramid-capped ashlar gatepiers; rubble retaining walls and walled garden to NW.

Statement of Special Interest

The colourful history of the former manse and its inhabitants, including reference to the poet Allan Ramsay, is described by Whitehead. One ground floor room in the interior of the E-W wing retains an early beamed ceiling.



W Y Whitehead HISTORY OF ORMISTON (1937) pp66-83.

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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