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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 13/01/1975


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 17529 70120
  • Coordinates317529, 670120


Style of William Burn and David Bryce, earlier 19th century. Single storey, gabled T-plan lodge with Jacobethan details. Stugged, squared and snecked sandstone with polished ashlar dressings. Base course. Projecting eaves. Decorative bargeboards. Chamfered reveals, sandstone mullions and transoms. Buckle quoins.

W elevation: broad bargeboarded gable to outer right, canted window at centre, ashlar roof and panelled apron. Slightly advanced, ashlar bargeboarded porch in re-entrant angle to left, basket-arched, boarded door, panel in gablehead with modern angle lamp, small window in left return, ashlar transom. Window to outer left bipartite.

S elevation: 3 bays, advanced shouldered flue at centre. Narrow windows flanking to outer left and right.

N elevation: square projecting bay at centre, ashlar roof.

8-pane sash and case window. Stone-slate roof, diamond pattern at centre of each pitch. Rope-moulded, barley- sugar stack on shouldered base, shaped coped cap. Wallhead stack at S, diamond-aligned sandstone stack.

Gatepiers and screen walls: panelled ashlar gatepiers with triglyph panel motif in frieze under which hangs a masonry bauble on link; pyramidal cap. Elaborate perforated screen wall, regular stacked semi-circular sections, on plain base. Curved quadrant walls of stugged, coursed sandstone with ashlar slab coping, lower wall with semi-circular coping continues to W.

Statement of Special Interest

The lodge is the former lodge to Riccarton House which was demolished in 1956. The lodge is now part of the Heriot Watt University. The former gardener's cottage and walled garden of Riccarton House are listed separately.



C McWilliam Lothian (1978) p405.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

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.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. 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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