Listed Building

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TOCHIENEAL HOUSELB15532

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
22/02/1972
Local Authority
Moray
Planning Authority
Moray
Parish
Rathven
NGR
NJ 51742 65240
Coordinates
351742, 865240

Description

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

dressings.

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

stiffeners.

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

the house.

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

1820-40 period.

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

cast-iron grates.

References

Bibliography

ed. Andrew Cassels Brown, THE WILSONS, A BANFFSHIRE FAMILY OF

FACTORS (1936), pp.52-60.

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