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Scotland's Prisons

Research Report 2015

Scotland's Prisons

In 2014-16, Historic Environment Scotland worked with the Scottish Prison Service to review all the listed buildings in their estate.

There are only a small number of purpose built prisons remaining in Scotland dating from the nineteenth century with only three listed purpose built-prisons which remain in use by the SPS (HMP Perth, HMP Castle Huntly and HMP Dumfries).

This research report provides a narrative summary of the building type to inform the listing review.

Download the research report and visit our Heritage Portal to search for information about the listed prisons.

  • Audiences:

    Members, Researchers, Planners and Owners, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts
  • Contact:

    For more information please contact our Designations Team on 0131 668 8716 or email
  • Date Published:

    19 January 2017
  • Publisher:

    Historic Environment Scotland
  • Publication Types:

    Research and Study Report
  • Format(s):

    Download PDF

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  • Subjects:

    Architecture, History, Scotland