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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 34808 58648
334808, 858648


Alexander Tod, 1848-9, fronting earlier school of crica 1830

probably designed by William Robertson. S facing 2-storey,

3-bay house with symmetrical frontage. White harled with

considerable use of contrasting tooled ashlar margins and

dressings. Centre entrance with pilastered doorpiece and

panelled door; flanking shallow projecting ashlar corniced

bipartites; ashlar cill course links 3 gabled 1st floor

windows breaking wallhead with later cast-iron apex finials;

12-pane glazing. End stacks (raised in brick); slate roof;

stone ridge.

CIRCA 1830 REAR WING: single storey, 4-bay. Deep tooled

ashlar basecourse and eaves band. 1 window in E elevation

converted as glazed door; lying pane glazing.

INTERIOR: moulded combed ceiling of former schoolroom

partially revealed in much divided rear wing.

Statement of Special Interest

About 1830 the Duchess of Gordon built a school for the

children of Fochabers (she later built one connected with the

Episcopal Church), appointing Mr David Dewar, chaplain at

Gordon Castle, schoolmaster. In 1837 he became Minister of

Bellie but 'came out' to join the Free Church in 1843, when

he had to leave the manse. In 1848 the Duke of Gordon leased

the school (superseded by Milne's School, sited opposite, and constructed in 1845-6) to the Free Church for a manse,

provided the alterations were carried out by Alexander Tod,

Builder, Fochabers.

RHP 31775 reveals a pedimented tetrastyle frontage to a

simple rectangular school, with considerable use of polished

ashlar. This ashlar may have been re-used for the dressings

to the frontage of the present house.



Scottish Record Office, RHP 31775, RHP 2375; GD44/37/39. Ed.

G Gardener, OUR CHURCH FATHERS (1899), pp 24-32.

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