Listed Building

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James Smith of Aberdeen, circa 1840. 3-storey, Tudor mansion on site of, and possibly incorporating earlier house. Picturesque, asymmetrical massing, with corner and square, off-centre towers,

around central courtyard. Rubble whinstone, harled, with cream

ashlar dressings, Turriff sandstone dressings to rear. Moulded string course between 1st and 2nd floor of SE and NE fronts. Taller 1st floor windows to principlal rooms. Ashlar mullions and transoms. Canted bays with cornice and parapet with ball finials. 2nd floor windows breaking eaves in gabled dormerheads. All windows with stone mullions and transoms.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: near symmetrical; E-plan frontage about central canted bay, extended to S by additional bay and 4-storey octagonal tower. Jacobethan gables to outer advanced bays, central canted bay with shaped gable and corbelled obelisk capped finials. Entrance to left of centre, in projecting Tudor porch; round-arched doorway with stepped hoodmould containing date plaque, flanked by polygonal, clasping towers capped with ogee finials, crenellated blocking course with central armorial.

STAIR TOWER: rising behind main block, containing lighting stair; square-plan with 3-light, round-headed, hoodmoulded windows, balustraded parapet with corner ball finials.

SW ELEVATION: 5-bay, probably incorporating earlier house, terminating in advanced gabled bay adjoining octagonal tower to S, pyramidal roofed square tower to W. Off-centre, 2-storey canted bay.

NE ELEVATION: 7-bay, terminating in 3-storey, square tower with polygonal roof and finial. 2-bays to centre with advanced and gabled bay to left, canted to 3 floors; 2-storey canted bay to right.

NW ELEVATION: irregular, probably incorporating earlier house with round stair tower at centre. Advanced gable end to outer right, with flat-roofed, columned porch in re-entrant angle. Reset armorial panel set into tower to left. Single storey service ranges adjoining at right angles, and built into bank opposite; paved service court.

Casement windows with 4-pane glazing. Grey slates, ashlar coped skews with bracket skewputts. Coped ashlar stacks with grouped corniced flues.

INTERIOR: as yet unvisited. Owners abroad. To be visited in May.

Statement of Special Interest

An earlier house existed on the site, and may be incorporated; the OSA describes the location of the house, on the banks of the River Deveron, corresponding to the site of the present building. The armorials, (see OSA) dated 1440 have been reset.



Plans by J Smith at Forglen House, copies with D Forrest, Architects, Maisondieu Road, Elgin. H Colvin BRITISH ARCHITECTS (1978) p762.

OSA, (1792) p534. NSA, (1836) p88. OS Map, Banffshire (1871-4).

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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