Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
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Planning Authority
NJ 69887 51856
369887, 851856


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

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.

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