Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NK 1686 63964
401686, 863964


Originally: large square tower with corbelled parapet and

angle rounds 41' x 29'8" ground floor perhaps mid 13th

century, 14th century at latest; upper floors 15th century.

Ground and 1st floors vaulted, boulder rubble, original

staircase in thickness of wall, with meurtriere feature at

foot, upper parts now infilled. Smaller circular tower to

S.W. with set back upper floor 1545, made parts of Z-plan

arrangement later in century by linking wing, jamb with

turnpike stair to link with original tower added at same

date. Abandoned 1799, central part of linking building

demolished. Towers restored, courtyard wall demolished and

link building reconstructed (wider on S. than originally)

Jenkins and Marr 1896-7 for Sir John Duthie. Harled with

margins and dressings, sandstone or local heathen stone at

original work, granite at later work. Design of 1st floor S.

windows modified, internal alterations 1966 and some chimney

pieces from Tarbat House inserted.

Statement of Special Interest

for original keep. Originally Philorth belonged to the

Comyns, confiscated 1306, given by Bruce to John Ross, son of

Earl of Ross to Sir Alexander Fraser of Cowie 1375; 1615 sold

to Robert Fraser of Durris renamed Cairnbulg. Sold to Col.

Buchan of Auchmacoy early 18th century and in 1739 to Alex

Aberdein; 1775 to Earl of Aberdeen; bequeathed to Gordon of

Cairbulg (See Mormond) 1801 Sold to Duthies 1862, repurchased

by the present Lord Saltoun 1934.



O.S.A. v.6 p.19 quoted N.S.A. v.12 3.S.A., P.294, p.319. C. &

D. Arch v.1 p.309 (il and plan) Giles, Castles of

Aberdeenshire XX, XXI Lord Saltoun, Cairnbulg Castle Aberdeen

University Review v. XLI p.21-25 (1963) (il and plan) Lord

Saltoun, The Frasers of Philorth (1879) Aberdeen Journal May

21st 1896, Sept. 11th 1897, Aberdeen Evening Express Sept.

11th 1897

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.

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