MORE than 200,000 forgotten historic buildings in Scotland are at risk of disappearing from the landscape forever.

With research revealing the majority of Scotland's traditional pre-1919 buildings are in need of urgent repair, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop will today launch an initiative to save the nation's crumbling architectural heritage.

Ms Hyslop said: "I can announce that Historic Scotland is to look at the development of a traditional building health-check scheme, which will help owners identify problems, suggest what needs to be done to tackle them, and how they should go about it."

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She will unveil the plans for the £150,000 pilot at a ministerial summit in Stirling.