Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 57465 47769
357465, 847769


Dated 1680. 2-storey, L-plan house with circular stair

turret in re-entrant angle; 3 builds circa 1600, 1680 and

mid-later 19th century. Harled, whinstone and granite

ashlar dressings, substantial boulder footings to earliest

portion of house at N. N-S rectangular block with main E

elevation comprises circa 1600 build at N and 1680 at S,

with simple doorway in E front under dated and inscribed

plaque. Mid-later 19th century 2-storey, 3-bay block at

right angles with projecting gabled porch in N face and

enlarged ground floor windows. Circular stair tower with

2 windows and diminutive gabletted wallhead dormers;

bellcast slated roof. Varied fenestration with small

gabletted dormers breaking wallhead in older portion, 1

dormer at E having gablet dated 1680. Substantial early

ridge stack in early block (probably circa 1600) with end

stacks, small ridge stack in mid-later 19th century wing;

slate roofs; crowstepped gables.

INTERIOR: simple interior; plank door with long blacksmith's

hinges in E elevation giving into room with hearth in cross

wall with roughly tooled granite facings and 2 mural

aumbries. Ground floor room at N with indication of former

internal mural stair; wheel stair in drum tower.

Statement of Special Interest

Lands of Mayen were originally part of the Barony of

Rothiemay and were bestowed on David Abernethy by David

II in 14th century; in 1445 an Abernethy became the first

Earl of Saltoun. Arms above doorway for Alexander Abernethy

and Jean Hacket or Halkett his wife, 'Alus per Christum

AA IH 1680'. The property was purchased by Major Alexander

Duff in 1785-8, who built Mayen House and demoted the old

house as the Mains of Mayen. West wing of mid-later 19th

century date appears on 1st ed OS of circa 1870. Change

of Category B to A, 25.4.89.




pp. 66-9.

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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