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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 12/08/1996.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: HU 4661 4003.


1833, with addition and alterations of circa 1900. Single and 2-storey, 5-bay asymmetrical classical villa of rectangular plan with projecting 2-storey wing centred at rear. Droved sandstone ashlar principal front with harl-pointed stugged rubble side and rear elevations with droved ashlar dressings. Projecting cills at windows.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 2-storey elevation with advanced single storey entrance hall and drawing room in bays to centre and left. Entrance door at centre bay comprising 6-panel timber door with round-arched plate glass fanlight and flanking narrow plate glass timber sash and case windows. Regular fenestration in bays to left. 2-storey bay to right of centre; tripartite windows at ground and 1st floors in bowed bay to right of centre; bipartite windows at ground and 1st floors in bay to outer right. Single bay crenellated wall with window extending to left of elevation.

S ELEVATION: end elevation of principal front comprising bowed bay to left with tripartite windows at ground and 1st floors, single storey end wall of drawing room extending to right, rubble rear wall of former conservatory extending to left.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated; blank to right of centre, projecting 2-storey bathroom block at centre; lean-to glazed timber porch in re-entrant to left.

N ELEVATION: vertically-boarded timber door with carved flower over lintel centring elevation; 4-pane window to left.

Timber sash and case windows; 12-pane to principal elevation, curved with 8-pane sidelights to tripartite windows, 2-pane upper sashes and plate glass lower sashes to windows in later work, some modern glazing to rear. Purple-grey slate roof with cast-iron gutters and downpipes with hoppers. Stugged sandstone ashlar wallhead stacks to N, and W elevations and single flue stack to SE corner, all coped with circular cans.

INTERIOR: tiled vestibule floor; 2-panel inner entrance door with glazed upper, sidelights and 4-pane round-arched fanlight. Timber staircase with turned spindle. Drawing room bow-ended to E; timber chimneypiece with dentilled cornice. Bow-ended dining room with grey marble chimneypiece, decorative plaster cornice, architraved windows and 6-panel doors.

STEADING: U-plan, harl-pointed random rubble walls with stugged and droved sandstone dressings. Formerly symmetrical principal elevation to E comprising 2-storey tower with 3-pointed arch at ground, round-arched vertically-boarded timber door centred above at 1st floor, row of flightholes over alighting ledge below eaves. Flanking 2-bay ranges, blind windows with evidence of "12-pane" painted windows in each bay except for cement-rendered and lined infill to cart-arch in inner left bay. Bays at outer left and right slightly advanced, modernised at left, modern vehicle door inserted at right. Segmental-arched cart arches to left at N elevation, 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber doors in left arch, partially rubble-infilled right arch. Variety of roofing materials including corrugated sheeting, fishscale tiles and grey slate; bell-cast pyramidal slate roof with wrought-iron weathervane to tower; cast-iron gutters and downpipes. Regular fenestration to courtyard elevations.

BOUNDARY AND RETAINING WALLS: droved ashlar wall to drive (E), surmounted by ashlar cope and cast-iron railing with fleur-de-lys finials; gate at centre with pineapple finials to gatepiers; wall terminated to N and S by droved ashlar piers with pyramidal caps. Random rubble terrace wall centred by stone steps with nosings accessing entrance door. Ashlar coped random rubble walls flanking entrance front, round-arched gateways adjacent to elevation, vertically-boarded timber gate in archway to right. Flagged area to W, bounded random rubble retaining wall with concrete cope. Droved ashlar gatepiers with bases and caps adjoining steading at S end. Droved ashlar piers at shore (to E) with bases and pyramidal caps.


Built for Angus Ogilvy, owner of the Shetland Banking Company, this is a sophisticated house of good quality construction. The layout of the garden and the siting of the stables are an important part of the composition.


Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p34.

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