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BLERVIE MAINS HOUSELB15582

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 25/04/1989

Location

  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Rafford

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NJ 6234 57063
  • Coordinates: 306234, 857063

Description

Dated 1776. S facing, 2-storey and dormerless attic,

symmetrical 5-bay house. Pinned, squared rubble frontge, harl

pointed rubble flanks, polished ashlar dressings and margins.

Slightly advanced centre gabletted bay with rusticated centre

doorpiece, small attic window and apex stack. Single ground,

1st floor and attic windows in E gable, paired ground and 1st

floor within similar attic window in W gable; 12-pane

glazing.

Rusticated quoins; decorative lipped scroll skewputts, dated

at SW and with nautilus shell carved on gable faces; moulded

copes to ashlar end stacks; slate roofs.

Later single storey, 3-bay rear wing.

INTERIOR: entrance/stairhall with cantilevered staircase

rising full-height around square stairwell; reused stair

treads with moulded risers (moulding truncated at outside

edge) and with 1776 recut underside; twisted wrought-iron

balusters between ground and 1st floor, turned wooden

balusters above. Simple moulded ceiling cornices; raised and

fielded panelled doors and window shutters. Black marble

chimneypiece in dining room, later 19th century carved

chimneypiece in drawing room with white marble slip; reused

late 17th century moulded chimneypiece (?from Blervie

Castle) in one attic room.

Statement of Special Interest

Blervie Castle, of which the single 5-storey tower survives

sited to N of Blervie Mains House, was demolished in 1776 to

provide building material for the new mansion, in turn

superseded as Blervie House by the 1901 building of that

name. The nautilus shell carving on the skewputts is peculiar

to Forres and Findhorn, with this example at Blervie the only

one known outside these 2 centres.

House built by The Hon Major Lewis Duff, son of William

Braco, Earl of Fife.

Farmhouse and steading not included in listing.

References

Bibliography

Anon, SURVEY OF PROVINCE OF MORAY (1798), p.161. THE

STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (vol xvi, 1794-5, Witherington and Grant

edition, vol xvi, 1982), pp.630-1.

J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), p.35

Groom's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND i (1882), p.169.

About Designations

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.

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