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This building is in the Shetland Islands Council and the Lerwick Burgh. It is a category B building and was listed on 08/12/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: HU 4777 4112.


Early 19th century. 2-storey and attic over raised basement 3-bay symmetrical house of rectangular plan with lean-to stair projection at rear. Harled walls with droved and painted ashlar dressings. Margined windows with projecting cills.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; architraved and corniced 6-panel entrance door centred at principal floor, deep-set with flanking fluted pilasters and 4-pane fanlight. Door approached by stone stair with harled sides and cast-iron balusters with wrought-iron handrails. Regular fenestration in bays at basement, principal floor, and 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: symmetrical; 2-bay gable with windows in bays to right and left at principal floor only.

E (REAR) ELEVATION: symmetrical; regularly fenestrated with lean-to projection at centre.

S ELEVATION: blank gable end.

Timber sash and case windows, predominantly 4-pane, 12-pane centred at rear elevation, 16-pane at basement. Purple-grey slate roof; cast-iron downpipe with hopper; 3-light piend-roofed, slate-hung canted timber dormers to W pitch; 4-pane timber sash and case windows with plate glass sidelights, and wrought-iron finials at ridges. Tall harled apex stacks, cavetto-moulded concrete copes with battered and banded circular red cans. Ashlar skew copes.

BOUNDARY WALLS: rubble retaining wall with droved ashlar cope to street; flagged basement area with symmetrically disposed stone steps. Harled wall with concrete cope and timber gate to rear garden.


Formerly the town residence of the Bruces of Symbister (Whalsay), this is a rare example of a larger house from this period of prosperity and rapid growth in Lerwick.


Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p24.

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