Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 68886 15461
368886, 815461


Large L-plan mansion with late (1888) S.W. wing comprising:-

Keep c. 1584 perhaps incorporating older work 49' x 46',

L-plan modified by S. projection, originally 3-storey with

battlements and corbelled angle rounds, heads of 2nd floor

windows on E. side elaborately treated with hoods on

sculptured corbels. Vaulted ground floor. Hall at 1st floor

(brought back to original state 1937) large heraldic

emblazoning over fireplace (restored under supervision of

J.M. Dick Peddie 1886) ogee headed aumbry, 17th century door,

painted ceiling. Reconstructed 1719-20 by Alexander Jaffreu

of Kingswells, battlements removed, top addition with

platformed roof containing high library with fine ceiling

of Carolean character on W. and 2 storeys of bedrooms on E.

N.E. wing 16th or 17th century, 60' long, originally

single-storey and attic, altered to 2-storey by Jaffrey.

Internal woodwork early 19th century, oriel bay Dick

Peddie. S. wing 16th or 17th century, 43' long, with

circular S.E. tower, originally single-storey and attic,

rebuilt as 3-storey by Jaffrey, original woodwork at 1st and

2nd floor; ground floor remodelled, new porch, bow window,

2-storey library wing (incorporating old oilette in

N. wall) 1888. Billiard Room contains Monymusk Cross Slab,

9th century; 7' striated granite boulder incised with cross,

step, disc and double ring symbols from Nether Mains.

Office's Alexander Jaffrey 1721, little altered, checked

openings, Harled throughout.

Statement of Special Interest

Believed to have originally been the guard or refuge tower of

the Priory; rebuilt by Wm. Forbes who obtained the estate

from Robert Forbes, the last commendator of Monymusk. Sold

1712 to the Grants who still own it. The area on the E. was

formerly enclosed within a square forecourt, the S. and E.

sides being railed with a round tower S.E. pavilion.

This tower corresponded to that of the S. wing and, with

the gates now at the entrance to the s. drive formed an

impressive approximately symmetrical clair-voyee facade

to the forecourt. Removed by 1848 when Giles's view was made.



O.S.A. v. III p.69 N.S.A. v. XII p.463-4 C. & D. Arch.

v. V p.329 Giles, Castles of Aberdeenshire LXX (view as at

1848) W. Douglas Simpson in P.S.A.S. v. LXIV pp. 46-48 W.R.I.

History of Monymusk. Munday From the Ton of Somerset to

the Don. Scottish Notes and Queries May 1888. Henry Hamilton,

Life and Labour on an Aberdeenshire Estate and Selections

from the Monymusk Papers Stuart, Sculptured Stones of

Scotland p1. VIII. Romilly Allen, Early Christian Monuments

of Scotland p. 192-4

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