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Latitude: 60.0629 / 60°3'46"N
Longitude: -1.3259 / 1°19'33"W
OS Eastings: 437630
OS Northings: 1131106
OS Grid: HU376311
Mapcode National: GBR R224.H4P
Mapcode Global: XHD3Q.4BHF
Entry Name: East Burra, Houss, Haa of Houss, Including Outbuilding
Listing Date: 28 July 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394657
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47291
Building Class: Cultural
County: Shetland Islands
Electoral Ward: Shetland Central
Traditional County: Shetland
Early to earlier 19th century. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay symmetrical merchant laird's house (now roofless shell). Random rubble walls with polished and droved sandstone ashlar dressings. Blank north gable, south gable predominantly collapsed with window dressing surviving to left at 1st floor. Stone cope and circular can on surviving north gablehead stack. Tall stair window at intermediate height centring rear (E) elevation, door at ground in bay to right.
OUTBUILDING: gabled windowless building to N of house, random rubble walls, vertically-boarded timber door centring S elevation, shallow-pitched felt roof with skylights.
The Laird of this house, William Sinclair, is reputed to have fought against the Earl of Caithness at the battle of Summerdale in 1529. This building appears to be one of a series of merchant laird's houses built from the end of the 17th century until well into the 19th century. Many of these haas were characterised by their tall two storey and attic form that contrasted strongly with the low stature of Shetland's other buildings at the time. Unusually, the attic of Haa of Houss appears to be a later addition as the stonework suggests the wallhead height has been increased.
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