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- Category: A
- Date Added: 22/02/1972
- Local Authority: Moray
- Planning Authority: Moray
- Parish: Rothiemay
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NJ 57465 47769
- Coordinates: 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.
Nigel Tranter, THE FORTIFIED HOUSE IN SCOTLAND v (1986),
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