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OLRIG HOUSELB14014

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
28/11/1984
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Olrig
NGR
ND 18596 66334
Coordinates
318596, 966334

Description

Circa 1830-40, with some modification 1859-61 by David

Bryce, and later 19th century additions and alterations to

rear incorporating small 18th dwelling. Early mansion at NE,

tooled ashlar with polished ashlar dressings; elsewhere

harled with ashlar dressings. Earlier 19th century front;

NE facing, symmetrical 2 storeys, 3 wide bays divided by

giant panelled pilasters; centre door masked by portico

supported by 4 (paired) Roman Doric columns approached by

shallow flight of steps; tripartite above, with narrow

side lights, tripartite to left of circa 1859-60.

Symmetrical 2 windows in ground and 1st floor of NW and SW

gables; moulded eaves cornice with blocking course between

ground and 1st floors in outer bays and gables; corniced end

stacks and piended platform slate roof.

2-storey, 2-bay central rear wing links rear block; latter

raised from single storey later 19th century with irregular

2-storey, 5-bay SW facing elevation with projecting angled

porch in extreme right bay, with studded door with decorative

hinged as at Gate Lodge; near centre door gabled bays,

canted oriel at right lighting upper sitting room (formerly

nursery), also lit by canted angle oriel at SE.

2- and 4-pane glazing throughout; corniced end and ridge

stacks; kneelers and prominent skewputts to all read gables;

slate roofs.

Interior; some mid and later 19th century alterations of

1830-40 mansion; bow ended room at ground floor right with

late 19th century aesthetic movement panelling and chimney

piece. Circa 1830 plaster cornice with scrolled detailing and

black marble chimney piece in left ground floor sitting room

(former dining room). Remodelled mid-later 19th century

staircase with barley-sugar twist balusters. Circa 1860

cornice to 1st floor drawing room, and chimney piece and

anthemion detailing. SW portion of house re-modelled circa

1980; 1st floor sitting room (former nursery) with late 19th

century blue and white tiled chimney piece and pendant

panelled ceiling.

Large rear walled courtyard entered at NW through later 19th

century pointed-headed dressed rubble archway with stepped

centre blocking course and flanking pilasters terminating in

tiered ogee pinnacles.

Long range of crowstepped single storey outbuildings,

formerly carriage house, stables and laundry with tall,

square brick and rubble chimney serving latter.

Statement of Special Interest

George Sinclair, 1st of Olrig was wadsetter; estate purchased

by his son Alexander in 1708. Bought by Smith family from

Mrs Fenella Sinclair of Olrig probably early 19th century.

James Smith of Olrig a heritor by 1840; Olrig a "mansion"

in circa 1858. Drawings dated 1859-61 from David Bryce's

office, 131 George Street, Edinburgh (set incomplete) in

possession of present owner. Proposed D Bryce additions

and alterations only executed in part. Earliest dwelling

incorporation of house. Appears in present form on 1st ed.

OS (1872).

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