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the school (superseded by Milne's School, sited opposite, and constructed in 1845-6) to the Free Church for a manse,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