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Parts of Inveresk House, originally the Manse, date from the late-17th century with mid-18th and early-19th century additions. The first details of the designed landscape, which includes Roman remains, are recorded on the Ordnance Survey of 1853. Further exotic tree planting was undertaken in the mid-20th century but large numbers of trees were felled in the west of the landscape to accommodate a new house, Oliver's Mound, in the 1990s. The former stables, kitchen, laundry and boiler-house attached to Inveresk House are now all in separate ownership as individual residences. Access to the house is from the former service drive off Inveresk Village Road, the principal drive from Inveresk Road being lost with the construction of Musselburgh Grammar School in the north of the landscape.

Further details about Inveresk House are available on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland website:




Unless otherwise stated all maps referenced are from the online National Library of Scotland Map Collection

1682 John Adair Map of Midlothian

1763 John Laurie A Plan of the County of Mid-Lothian (North East)

1766 John Laurie A Plan of Edinburgh and Places Adjacent

1775 Map Roll Act of Parliament 6th June 1775 (private ownership)

1821 John Thomson Edinburghshire

1824  Hays New Plan of Musselburgh & its Environs by James Hay, surveyor, Musselburgh & Charles Thompson, engraver, 19 Shakespeare Square, Edinburgh. NRS ref RHP1855. Also produced in facsimile at about one inch to 100 Yards by East Lothian District Library.

1832 Great Reform Act Map  Musselburgh (House of Commons) Map 51

1834 W Hunter & J Anderson Plan of Environs of Edinburgh

Ordnance Survey Town Map of Musselburgh Sheets 11(showing northern drive) & 12  Scale 1:1056 Surveyed 1853

Ordnance Survey First Edition Six inches to One mile Edinburghshire Sheets 3 (showing northern drive) & 7 Surveyed 1852-3 Published 1854

Ordnance Survey Musselburgh TownMap Edinburgh Sheet IV.11.14 Scale 1:500 Surveyed 1893

Ordnance Survey Second Edition & Later Editions 25 inches to One mile Edinburghshire Sheet 004.II Revised circa 1893, Published 1895

Ordnance Survey Second Edition & Later Editions 25 inches to One mile Edinburghshire Sheet 004.II Revised circa 1906, Published 1908

Ordnance Survey Second Edition & Later Editions 25 inches to One mile Edinburghshire Sheet 004.II Revised 1912-13, Published 1914



John Young (Brewer) - (deceased) Trust 2 Volumes- Sederunt Books (1910-1925) Property of John Chute and lodged in Inveresk House

Plan The Fields of Pinkie & Inveresk by Thomas Johnston 1778. This shows the road south from Musselburgh to Inveresk Village Road. National Records of Scotland RHP 24995 (Original of photocopy listed as RHP6794). (Land to north of present boundary wall sold in 1925 for a school. The present school car park was then a market garden.)



Vertical Aerial Photograph Collection RCAHMS:

B0017  5297-5300   SB000389 15 April 1946 Very clear

B0019  6084  SB000394  12 June 1946 Hedge line shown at east road/path on 1919 map and the old north drive from Musselburgh shown in grass

B0492 0100 F22 SB00291  6 November 1960 Strong shadows from trees and west wooded garden intact before tree removal to build Oliver’s Mound house.

1148718  2 August 2009 Image of Inveresk church showing grounds of Inveresk House

East Lothian Council Planning Department Archive

97/00535/HIS_P  extension & conservatory at Oliver’s Mound 1997

91/00841/HIS_P  Erection of conservatory at Oliver’s Mound 1991

Baker, Sonia The Country Houses, Castles and Mansions of East Lothian (2009) p46

Image of conservatory and rose beds circa 1905



Stirling, R.McD Inveresk Parish Lore 1894 Musselburgh pp. 38,41,42, 96 (illustration)

Burnett, Jane E M The Reason for Inveresk- a Scrapbook of History 1999 Courtyard Press p27-38

Baker, Sonia The Country Houses, Castles and Mansions of East Lothian 2009 p.46

Wilke, James Historic Musselburgh 1919 Wm Blackwood

Sales particulars  Rettie & Company  D723 INV(S)  £295,000 1990s RCAHMS

Inveresk Conservation Area Appraisal East Lothian Council & Inveresk Village Society 2010 pub East Lothian Council. 

Dunn, Munro & Elder, David Doocots of East Lothian 2010 Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group. 

Watching Brief  CFA Report no. 673, by Ian Suddaby, October 2001 RCAHMS Item MS 1081/21

Principal building:

mansion house Created 1666 to 1835

Two-storey rubble sandstone mansion with ashlar dressings.

Designation status: Historic Environment Scotland Listed Building Grade Category B Reference 10881