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Haa Of Houss, Houss, East Burra

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland Central, Shetland Islands

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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

Plus Code: 9CGW3M7F+5M

Entry Name: Haa Of Houss, Houss, East Burra

Listing Name: East Burra, Houss, Haa of Houss, Including Outbuilding

Listing Date: 28 July 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394657

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47291

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland Central

Parish: Tingwall

Traditional County: Shetland

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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