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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: 14/12/1970


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 23459 70660
  • Coordinates323459, 670660


Original house dated LCSP 1565, 3-storey and attic rubble-

built, 72' x 25' 8" with square tower near W end of N front;

main gables have 18th century club skew, tower has original

crowsteps. Ground floor vaulted. NW wing dated 1746 added to

re-entrant angle of tower (forming L-plan) 3-storey 4-window

to E, 2 crowstepped chimney gables and large S crowstepped

gable to W. Harled with margins. Minor alterations at early

19th century restoration, more extensive alterations late in

century (Sydney Mitchell) for hospital purposes; some further alterations since. Poor modern wooden verandah encloses

original doorways. Original gatepiers built into garden


Statement of Special Interest

Built by the Symsounes of Craighouse; belonged to the Dicks

from at least 1685. In the 19th century it was the residence

of John Hill Burton, historian



Inv 224 (Midlothian);

MacRae Her 32

C & D Arch v IV p.102

About Designations

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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