Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 69851 51085
369851, 851085


1865, A and W Reid of Elgin. Gothic, cruciform plan mausoleum on raised terrace. Squared and coursed whinstone, cream ashlar dressings, set-off, gablet-capped buttresses and sculptural detail; base course and string course, moulded window surrounds and hoodmoulds with masque label stops.

NE ELEVATION: ashlar steps to terrace; pointed-arch doorway in moulded panel, with armorial and stepped hoodmould. Boarded door with scroll detail to cast-iron hinges, moulded surround with nook-shafts (engaged columns) and quatrefoils. Round windows to gable, with trefoil glazing panels. Gable flanked by paired buttresses; gabled with finials, and

crocketted pinnacles.

SW ELEVATION: band course stepped to enclose moulded armorial panel. Large rose window above to gable. Buttressed as above.

NW AND SE ELEVATIONS: ashlar niche in crocketted gabled panel above band course with nook-shaft and moulded pedestal. Buttresses as above.

INTERIOR: 3-tier burial vaults to side walls surmounted by angels on corbels. Stained glass to rose window.

Grey slates, gargoyles. Skew and blocking courses with raised ashlar band of quatrefoil ornament. Stone gargoyles. Grey slates. Cruciform finals to gables.

BOUNDARY WALLS RAILINGS, PIERS AND GATEPIERS: low, ashlar coped rubble retaining walls, surmounted by cast-iron railings with quatrefoil motif. Square gatepiers with gablet caps, (corner piers detailed more simply) gates with spearhead railings, quatrefoils and horn motif.

Statement of Special Interest

Two schemes were submitted for the mausoleum, one Classical, one Gothic; the latter was chosen by the Abercromby family, who still maintain the buildings although the Forglen Estate has passed out of the family. The motto on the over-door armorial reads "Mercy is my Desire".



Plans by A and W Reid of Elgin, in possession of A Cairns and

M Ellington, copies in NMRS. OS Map, Banffshire, (1871-4) (surveyed 1867).

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.

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