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SCRABSTER HOUSELB14954

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
28/11/1984
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Thurso
NGR
ND 9889 69882
Coordinates
309889, 969882

Description

Dated 1834. Substantial later 19th century Scottish Renaissance

house incorporating late 18th and earlier 19th century portions

at north and east. Mainly 2-storeys over raised basement, with

6 irregular bays in re-cast south frontage. All harled with

tooled ashlar margins and dressings.

Earliest portion of house is at east and north, with east

entrance masked by later 19th century square crenellated

tower porch approach by flight steps. 3-bay north facade

with centre wallhead gable and apex stack, linked to continuous

west later 19th century extension by high round-headed recessed

bay. Re-used pediment in south gable, re-cut 1834 datestone

and later raising of upper floor windows through wallhead in

pedimented gablets.

House re-cast to south in late 19th century with main centre

entrance in base of 3-storey square, crenellated tower with

exaggerated angle bartizan. Round-headed hoodmoulded doorway,

flanked at right by gable of earlier house and to left by late

19th century gabled wing with angle window in ground floor.

Mainly 4-pane glazing; ornate carved Gothic Revival door in

east entrance; band courses; crowsteps; apex ball finials;

corniced end ridge and wallhead stacks; slate roofs.

Interior; ornate cornices in some rooms.

Statement of Special Interest

A "mansion" in 1884. Commanding position overlooking Scrabster

and Thurso Bay, on site of former Scrabster Castle, seat of the

Bishops of Caithness.

Ornate carved door in east entrance said to have come from

Thurso Castle, 1872-78 (now ruinous).

This entrance used as main entry up to later 19th century (1st

ed. OS. 1872).

References

Bibliography

IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, ii, (circa 1858) p.702. Groome's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, vi, (1885) p. 438.

1st edition Ordnance Survey (1872)

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