Later 18th century, re-cast to N and enlarged and re-fronted
probably by William Robertson, architect, circa 1830. N
facing single storey, 3-bay house with 2-storey over raised
basement, 5-bay rear (S) elevation. Double pile house with
slightly lower room heights at rear as indicated by
fenestration. Harled, contrasting tooled ashlar margins and
Centre door in N front masked by bowed corniced and painted
ashlar porch supported by fluted ashlar Doric columns
infilled (possibly slightly later) with long flanking
side-lights and margins glazed fanlight. 2-bay return E and
W elevations with long windows, those towards rear blind;
single later gabled dormer breaks wallhead E and W.
5-bay rear (S) elevation, with centre entrance served by
simple footbridge oversailing raised basement and linked to
long single storey building.
Multi-pane glazing; angle margins; eaves band and cornice;
paired corniced stacks; piended platform slate roof. Some
later 18th century spearhead rails with urn finials to
INTERIOR: entrance hall with dining room and parlour right
and left, linked by passage to stairwell. Passage flanked
left and right with built-on cupboards, at left fitted with
series of drawers; corniced plaster overthrow.
At rear raised ground and 1st floor rooms of lower height, at
front attic rooms with comb ceilings, all served by single
staircase. Attic rooms fitted with original decorative
cast-iron basket grates (probably by Fraser of Banff
Ironworks). Basement kitchen with cast-iron stove and oven
(also probably Fraser of Banff); original servant's wooden
bed in basement room.
REAR: long harl pointed rubble, single storey building at
rear (linked to main house by footbridge); door and window in
E elevation; wallhead and tall ridge stack (both brick);
piended slate roof.
Statement of Special Interest
Alexander Wilson became Factor to the Earl Seafield for his
Cullen estates in 1801, moving from Brangen, Boyndie, to
Tochieneal which he farmed. Here there was already a house -
of which the S portion of the present Tochieneal House was
all or part. Alexander remained factor until 1823, after
which he was succeeded by his nephew, John Wilson. John
married in 1832 and had a large family. It may have been he,
rather than his bachelor uncle, who doubled and re-orientated
William Robertson worked extensively for the Seafield estates
and in Cullen; he also undertook many extensions and
enlargments of houses for which there was a demand during the
The long single storey building adjoining the rear of the
house is said to have served as a school.
an unusual survival of kitchen stove and fittings; also of