Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Tullynessle And Forbes
NJ 54644 20230
354644, 820230


Formerly dated 1561. Burned 1665 and restored, deserted 1885

and now ruinous. Z-plan (earliest, or second earliest, known)

3-storey rubble-built with dormer heads, ground floor

unvaulted, 28' x 18' with 17' diameter circular towers

(polygonal internally) with corbelled stair turrets in angles

that at S.E. with 'G' (for Gordon) in lowest corbel. Later

S.E. wing shown in Giles and C. & D. Arch. now totally

demolished. Loophole with boar's head top and 1561 datestone

now at Knockospock House: moat completely drained.

Statement of Special Interest

Undergoing major restoration. Begun 1984 Loophole with boar's head top and 1561 datestone now returned to Terpersie (1986) "Fine carved chimneypiece installed in great Hall, 1989.

Reminiscent of the work at Huntly Castle, it is said to have come from Lesmore Castle, Rhynie, although latterly was built into a cottage". De-scheduled 23 December 1996.



N.S.A. v. XII p. 446

3 S.A. p. 254

C & D Arch. II p. 205

(then nearly entire)


Giles, Castles of Aberdeenshire LXVI

W. Douglas Simpson in P.S.A.S. LXXVI p. 93. Plans as at 1912.

Cruden, Scottish Castles p. 155 etc.

Leith Hay, Castellated Architecture of Aberdeenshire 23.

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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