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Unst, Halligarth House

House (19th Century)

Site Name Unst, Halligarth House

Classification House (19th Century)

Canmore ID 268979

Site Number HP60NW 94

NGR HP 62553 09272

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Unst
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Site Management (1 June 1997)

Halligarth House is an unusual Unst house consisting of two detached but interlinked three-bay, single storey and attic houses running parallel to one another. The 1832 back house sits behind the slightly larger front house of 1839. The two houses are connected via a flat-roofed linking block. It is located at Baltasound on the east coast of Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Islands. The house is situated within enclosed grounds in open landscape with a woodland walled garden and adjoining family burial enclosure to the northeast. Halligarth was the home of several generations of an important Shetland family of botanists, doctors, conservationists and authors. (Historic Environment Scotland List Entry)


Nts Note (April 2013)

The house at Halligarth is of architectural interest and its significance is enhanced by the associations with the Saxby and Edmonston families. It was the birthplace in 1795 of Laurence Edmonston, a distinguished naturalist and author of many papers on natural history. Traces of a small

designed landscape, shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, still survive to the south of the house.

Information from NTS (SS) April 2013


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