Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 31420 53941
331420, 853941


Mansion dated 1786 and 1848, N and S wing.

William Robertson, 1826; substantial remodelling of main

frontage, probably Thomas Mackenzie, 1848; large 2- and

3-storey rear additions by J M Dick Peddie, 1904. Tall

symmetrical classical E facing, 3-storey house with further

(1826) single storey over raised basement wide 2-bay wings

projecting from N and S gables. Mixed pinned granite rubble,

contrasting tooled ashlar dressings.

1848 remodelled frontage; projecting pedimented 1848 centre

bay with centre round-headed entrance flanked by similarly

shaped side windows with egg and dart detailing and by single round-headed niche each with statue. Balustraded porte-

cochere supported by 4 Roman Doric columns with entablature.

Pediment filled with cartouche dated 1786 and 1848, apex

and end 1848 urn finials.

Moulded jambs to all front windows, lugged at ground floor,

corniced at 1st and smaller at 2nd floors (in centre block

dating from 1848 and replacing 1786 ground and 1st floor

tripartites). N and S wings with bowed end gables lit by

wide corniced tripartites with engaged Doric columns

flanking centre light. N wing roofless.

Wing and full height canted window project at rear. Some

varied glazing survives, but windows mainly boarded (1987).

End stacks with flanking scroll brackets; various rear

stacks; steeply pitched slated piended roof to main block,

piended slated roofs elsewhere.

INTERIOR: S drawing-room with panelled and reeded dado,

door and window shutters; corniced and carved overdoor

decorated with crossed fronds; carved chimneypiece; coved

ceiling with reeded ornamentation to cornice.

Cantilevered carved staircase.

Elsewhere interior gutted (1987).

Statement of Special Interest

Empty and partially gutted. Orton Estate purchased mid 18th

century by William, Duke of Fife; passed to his youngest son,

Hon Arthur Duff, on whose death in 1805 to nephew Richard

Wharton who added Duff to his surname on his marriage to

Lady Anne Duff. Inherited by present owners through female


Ruinous Italianate laundry (A and W Reid, 1855) and vaulted

icehouse to rear of mansion.





September 1826. Advertisement for tenders. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p. 321. J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868),

p. 113-14. ELGIN COURANT, 8 Jan 1915, p. 6.

Description of house and estate. National Monuments Record

of Scotland. Further inspection by courtesy present owner.

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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