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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 74434 43936
374434, 843936


Dated 1593. Lower half of large L-plan rubble-built tower

house, two storeys, upper part and gable of east wing demolished

1792. Present east gable, upper floor of wing and battlemented

parapet with bartizans, James Duncan 1874. Restored, harled

with dressings exposed, J J Meldrum 1971-73, main jamb 44' x

34', lying N-S, ground floor vaulted in 2 compartments,

passage on east side with rib-vault over entrance, 2 turnpike

stairs at S end; 1st floor hall, 20' x 30', has high rib-vault

in 2 compartments, oratory (or 'piper's gallery' in some

descriptions) in elevated rib-vaulted window embrasure over

screens passage at E end, quatrefoil balcony is Duncan

restoration. Outbuilding with short single-storey link to tower

adjoins on north.

Statement of Special Interest

Belonged to the Barclays until 1733 when the estate was sold to

the Earl of Findlater, subsequently acquired by Aberdeen

Endowments Trust: castle purchased by Mr and Mrs Marc Ellington

1971 and restored by them.



NSA pp 278-8, 995-6 C & D Arch v II p 51-52. Billings, Baronial

and Ecclesiastical Antiquities W Douglas Simpson in PSAS v 64,

pp 84-85, grouped with Gight, Craig and Delgatie, all similar

in plan with a similar use of rib-vaults. Cruden, The Scottish

Castle, pp 165-166

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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