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This building is in the East Lothian Council and the Prestonkirk Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 05/02/1971.

Group Items: 19, 20, 22, Group Cat: A, Map Ref: NT 5981 7722.


Mid 18th century, S facing 2-storey farmhouse, re-

orientated with additions as L-plan in early-mid 19th

century. White painted harling, ashlar dressings.

E ELEVATION: entrance front; steps to raised ground

floor semi-circular arched-doorway to centre with large

decorative fanlight and 4-pane side panels; flush

panelled door. Later canted bay windows flanking,

extending to basement.

Recessed 2-bay extension to right, tall windows; with

iron bars at ground.

S ELEVATION: 18th century centre block; 6-bay, door to

3rd bay from left, small windows flanking at ground,

6 windows at 1st floor. 2 taller 2-bay piend-roofed end

wings added circa 1800; 2 windows at ground floor, 2

taller windows to 1st floor. 2 windows at ground on W

re-entrant angle; entrance front to E.

N ELEVATION: irregular service additions of various

heights; irregular window pattern. Sash and case windows

with 12-pane glazing pattern.

Piend roofs, grey slates, ashlar coped wallhead and

ridge stacks; some renewed in brick.

INTERIOR: Some original woodwork and plasterwork.


Countess of Aberdeen sold Phantassie estate to George Rennie in 1785. Rennie erected lime kilns soon after. Houston Mill is also part of Phantassie estate, where Andrew Meikle invented mechanical threshing in the late 1780's. George Rennie's son John, born 1761 was an apprentice at Houston Mill; later became an engineer famous for, amongst others, Waterloo Bridge, London, from which balusters commemorate him in the grounds of the house.


J Martine REMINISCENCES OF THE ROYAL BURGH OF HADDINGTON AND OLD EAST LOTHIAN AGRICULTURALISTS 1883. "The Scot who bridged the Thames" Muir Scotland's Magazine, June 1961. OS Map Haddingtonshire 1854.

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