Listed Building

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BOATH HOUSELB1649

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
26/01/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Auldearn
NGR
NH 91959 55826
Coordinates
291959, 855826

Description

Archibald Simpson, 1830. Austere classical mansion, 2

storeys over basement, with 5-bay main elevations facing

east and west. All polished ashlar.

East front; centre entrance with moulded architraves

within fluted Ionic tetrastyle portico; long flanking

ground floor windows; corniced parapet (encircling

house); centre stepped and raised blocking course.

West front; bowed 3-window centre bays rising full

height; outer single ground floor French windows set

within segmental headed recesses, each with diminutive

wreath carved over architrave.

4-bay south elevation; 3-bay north elevation with blind

outer bay fenestration. Multi-pane glazing.

Symmetrical corniced wallhead stacks (north and south)

and paired centre stacks; shallow piended platform slate

roof

Interior; entrance hall with coffered ceiling and Ionic

screen leading to (west) drawing room. All public rooms

with simple corniced ceilings and original marble

chimney pieces; original panelled doors and moulded

door pieces; curved staircase to north with cast-iron

balustrade with palmette detailing.

Statement of Special Interest

Unsigned and undated plans (which appear original)

retained in house.

Built by Capt. Sir James A. Dunbar, RN, on site of and

to replace "the great stane-house" that had been in the

Dunbar family since mid 16th century. "Boath House an elegant building.... of freestone taken from a quarry on the

property but not within the parish of Auldearn. the freestone

of a beautiful whiteness has retained its colour almost

uninjured by the elements". (1842)

1 ground floor room converted to modern kitchen circa

1980

References

Bibliography

THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xix (1797) p.618. NEW

STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, XIII (1842) p.13. George Bain, HISTORY

OF NAIRNSHIRE (1893) pp.444-50. Lachlan Shaw, THE HISTORY OF

THE PROVINCE OF MORAY, ii, (new. ed. 1882) p.256.

Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH

ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840. (1978) p.737.

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