Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - 53-57
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 55829 64773
355829, 864773


Archibald Simpson, 1840 incorporating and re-casting

circa 1770 classical house which in turn had incorporated

17th century work. Mainly tooled ashlar with polished ashlar

dressings, some rubble revealed in ground floor and at rear.

S ELEVATION: 1840 Symmetrical 3-storey, 7-bay S front

with slightly advanced outer bays; centre ground floor

entrance scarred after removal of former columned

portico; centre and outer 1st floor windows with moulded

architraves; small 2nd floor windows; deep eaves band,

cornice and blocking course.

E ELEVATION: 2 3-storey return bays, remainder lowered to

2 storeys with centre advanced bowed bay.

W ELEVATION: former main front of circa 1770 mansion.

3 storeys, wide 5 bays with slightly advanced outer bays

delineated by rusticated quoins; centre 1st floor and

outer bays with pedimented windows with bracketted cills

and lugged architraves; deep cornice and blocking course

continued from S front (1840). 12-pane glazing in W

elevation windows, 8- and 10-pane casements in S front


Most stacks in batteries of 3 square flues linked by

corniced cope (1840) though later 19th century hipped

stack survives at N wallhead.

Single storey rear service range.

INTERIOR: later 18th century staircase in W side of house

and 1840 staircase in centre stairwell in centre of S front

reached through former entrance lobby. Both in poor

condition with no balustrades. Mansion gutted and little

survives except some later 18th century raised and

fielded window shutters and 1840 beaded panelled window


Statement of Special Interest

Glassaugh belonged to the Ogilvy (relatives of Seafield)

family in 16th century and passed to the Gordons of

Auchanassie. It was acquired by John Abercrombie, younger

brother of Sir Alexander Abercrombie of Birkenbog

(also Fordyce Parish) circa 1650 and remained in that family

until early 20th century. The mansion in its present form

was probably built by General James Abercrombie between

1759 (when he retired from the army) and his death in 1781

and extended and re-cast for Arthur Abercrombie in 1840.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p.188. Mary Mackie

'The Lairds of Glassaugh', THE BANFFSHIRE ANNUAL (1974),

pp. 53-59. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF

BRITISH ARCHITECTS (1978), p. 737.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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