Listed Building

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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

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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