Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 61136 74118
261136, 874118


Alexander Ross, 1880-81, incorporating earlier house. Large

Scottish Baronial mansion; mainly 2 storeys and attic, with

5-storey tower at east with entrance at base; gabled and

turretted building, all sugged ashlar with finely tooled and

polished ashlar dressings. Imposing east approach, 5-storey

tower with angle bartizans and cap-house, 1st floor oriel and

entrance in base masked by large crenellated porte cochere.

Varied gable frontage to left with slender drum towers flanking

gable with 2-storey canted bay window; further drum stair

tower with square corbelled cap-house. Further gabled wing

with oriel window much decorated with cable moulding. Varied

and gabled south front with canted bay window rising 2 storeys

with richly carved cresting; long circular and square angle

bartizans; projecting gabled and finialled porch with

round-headed entrance. Rear service court entered through

round-headed Crenellated archway. Mullioned windows; mainly

2-pane glazing; corbelled detailing; decorative gablets to

dormer windows; crow-stepped gables; corniced end and ridge

stacks; slate roofs. Terraces; terraces to south and east with decorative stone balustrades; castellated gazebo at SE angle.

Formal garden (Edward Whyte, 1909-10) at east, approached by

further decorative stone balustrades and pair urns on end


Gate piers; (map ref.NH617743); 2 pairs octagonal gate piers;

tooled ashlar; moulded copes; inner pair flanking carriage gates

support pair heraldic beasts; outer piers with shallow pyramidal

caps; matching carriage and pedestrian cast-iron spearhead

gates; low flanking coped rubble quadrants with crenellated

terminal piers and spearhead railings.

Statement of Special Interest

By 1838 Ardross Castle belonged to Duke of Sutherland; sold to

Sir A Matheson, 1846. Purchased by Mr Dyson Perrins in later

19th century. Alterations and additions of nearly 30 rooms in

1880 cost nearly $7,000.

Up-graded B to A October 1990.




Nov 1880. Groome's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, i, (1882)

p.67. Further information by courtesy The Buildings of Scotland

Research Unit.

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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