Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 23401 74952
323401, 674952


A F Balfour Paul, 1928. 2-storey and attic residential

block with house master's house incorporated, on rambling

plan, with Elizabethan details. Squared and snecked

sandstone with contrasting ashlar dressings. Base and

string courses. Moulded stone mullions and transoms and

moulded architrave. E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: with doorway

to wing of master's house to right, in advanced gabled

bay; hoodmoulded door and bipartite window above; attic

window in gablehead in pointed arched panel; recessed at

centre; segmental arches to residential block, recessed

at centre; segmental arches and bipartites at 1st floor;

piend-roofed dormer breaking eaves above. Outer bays to left

containing open Hall; 4-centred tripartite hall-window

with hoodmould in gabled bay at centre; narrow windows to


S ELEVATION: 4 wide bays of house master's house to left,

bay left of centre advanced and piend-roofed with paired

bipartite windows at ground and 1st floor and breaking

eaves in gabled attic dormer; recessed bay to right of

centre with eaves swept down, bipartite at ground and

stone jettied, mannered gabled oriel breaking eaves above;

"WF" monogram in gablehead; advanced gabled bay to right

with generous fenestration, canted bay at ground and narrow

window in gablehead; ornate stone finial. 4 recessed bays

to right with inner 2 gabled and breaking eaves in

wallhead; bipartites throughout, irregularly disposed and

pointed arch panel to inner bays, bearing carved bee panel

and 'Industrio' W ELEVATION: gabled bay to outer left

with advanced, set-off chimney breast at centre

featuring depressed arch doorway with forestair at

ground and pointed arch panel to attic; fire escape

addition. Piend-roofed boiler house with large louvred

ventilator at apex, projecting at centre, and adjoined to

full-height 5-bay projection of residential block with

canted corners and gablehead above centre bay. Further

gabled bay to outer right with advanced chimney breast.

Grey-green slates to piend and gable roofs. Sash and case

windows with small-pane glazing pattern; geometric lead-

paned window to canted bay of master's house. Piend-

roofed dormer windows. Moulded stacks.

Ashlar coped skews. Some gablet skewputts.

INTERIOR: galleried landing to Hall, with study rooms

leading off. Boarded dado to house master's drawing room;

4-centred stone chimneypiece. Dado height timber cubicle

divisions to dormitories.

Statement of Special Interest

Named Kimmerghame after the estate of John Swinton. Fettes

College, the East and West Lodges, Glencorse Kimmerghame and

Moredun houses and the college gates and railings, are listed separately.



Information courtesy of Miss Lindsay Fettes College.

About Listed Buildings

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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.

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