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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 14/12/1970.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 2345 7066.


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



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

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