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This building is in the Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 14/07/1966.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 2636 7578.


1638; restored Michael Laird & Partners, 1984-5. 3-storey and attic L-plan tower house, stairtower with corbelled caphouse; later alterations to SE front. Rubble with polished cream sandstone dressings, harled. Chamfered reveals; crowstepped gables; 2nd floor windows breaking eaves in finialled gableheads.

SE ELEVATION: 3-bay. Centre bay with circa 1700 curvilinear gable and apex stack; early 19th century columned doorway at 1st floor accessed by stone stairs with carved steps, panelled door and fanlight with astragals of 4 trefoiled arches; single windows flanking stairs at ground floor; 2 single windows at 2nd floor bull?s-eye window to gablehead. Single windows to outer bays. Modern, square, wall-mounted sundial to outer left at 2nd floor over carved armorial stone with angel heads.

NW ELEVATION: advanced gabled wing to right with apex stack and single windows to left. Return elevation and left wing with single windows. Stair tower with rounded corner set in re-entrant angle with doorway at ground floor and rectangular caphouse, corbelled to square at 2nd floor.

NE ELEVATION: 2-bay; gabled with apex stack and single windows.

SW ELEVATION: 5-bay; 2 gabled bays to right with apex stack and single windows. Irregular windows to left bays.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Slate roof with stone ridge;

5 coped ashlar apex stacks (see above).

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

TERRACE WALL: ashlar balustrade with coped dies at intervals to NW.


Originally built for Gilbert Kirkwood, subsequently owned by Balfours of Pilrig. Burned out circa 1970 with all the interior destroyed; comprehensively restored 1984-5.


Gifford et al, EDINBURGH (1984), p646. RCAHMS Inventory No 169.

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