Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 27930 65007
327930, 865007


William Ayton, 1640-53. Large L-plan tower house, 4-storeys,

with 5-storey stairtower in re-entrant angle. Oyster coloured

harling with ashlar dressings and margins. Floors delineated

by string courses, lowered beneath windows; all windows

pedimented, the pediments (some circa 1912) bearing initials

and dates; regular fenestration; diamond-shafted chimneys at

gables; pinnacled skewputts. Tower has pierced wallhead

parapet, pinnacles at three angles and conical-roofed

caphouse at north-west angle.

3-storey canted bay window with crenellated parapet at W

elevation of towerhouse added circa 1825.

Courtyard at rear added soon after 1857 entered through re-

used (circa 1770) archway.

EAST WING: Walker & Duncan, circa 1912, in style sympathetic

to main house. 2-storey and attic wing linked to mansion by

2-storey, 2-bay passge range.

INTERIOR: vaulted ground floor; large 1st floor ballroom

(former 1st floor hall) with no original fittings. 1912

panelled doors.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Sir Robert Innes of Innes. Bought by James Duff,

2nd Earl of Fife, 1767. Bought by Mr Frank Tennant, circa

1910. On 4 September 1640 payment made to "William Aitoun,

Maister Maison at Heriott his work, for drawing the form an

the house in paper $26.13.4 Scots." The executant master

mason was William Ross.

House now divided as flatted dwellings.



David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC

ARCHITECTURE. ii, 202-3.



(1978), p.78 Alistair Rowan, "Innes House, Morayshire", COUNTRY

LIFE, Nov. 4 1976, 1268-9.

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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