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LETHEN HOUSE AND FRONT GARDEN GATE AND RAILINGSLB1664

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
26/01/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Auldearn
NGR
NH 93741 51823
Coordinates
293741, 851823

Description

Dated 1788, with later 18th and 19th century additions

and alterations. Pinned rubble, polished ashlar

dressings. Symmetrical 3-storey and attic, 5-bay south

facing front with 2-storey, wide single bay wings at

east and west gables slightly set back from main block

and projecting at rear. Centre door with engaged column

and corniced doorpiece, masked by later porte cochere

with ashlar balustrade. 2 later 19th century canted

dormers. Flanking wings have Venetian windows in ground

and 1st floors and piended platform roofs. Projecting

circular rear stairwell rising 1 storey above wallhead

to terminate in circa 1865 J-shaped flat roof with

ashlar balustrade and terminal ball finials; also

weather-vane. Stairwell link to end wings by later

2-storey flat roofed wings.

Mainly 2-pane glazing; corniced end stacks slate roofs.

Interior; semi-circular stair with cast-iron balustrade

with acanthus decoration. 1st floor drawing room with

circa 1800 simple plaster cornice and marble chimney

piece. Long 1st floor corridor with engaged pilasters

linked by ribbed, round-headed ceiling. Garden gate

piers and railings; pair later 19th century decorative

trellis cast-iron gate piers with decorative pyramidal

finials each terminating with hand clasping bunch of

arrows. Decorative cast-iron pedestrian gate with

spearhead detailing. Flanking low coped rubble walls

with matching spearhead cast-iron railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Lethen belonged to the Falconer family from 1295, passed

Grant of Freuchy in 1600 and sold to Alexander Brodie

1st of Lethen, 2nd son of Brodie of Brodie Castle (Moray) in

1634. Lethen is still in the ownership of the Brodies of Lethen.

Earlier dwelling stood on or near site of present house.

Dated 1788 and initialled AB for Miss Anne Brodie

(1755-1805) who inherited Lethen from her brother John in

1773 and subsequently built present house and former

west wing.

West wing (1790) and east wing (1865) demolished circa 1970.

Garden gate and railings in front of south elevation

of mansion.

References

Bibliography

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

STATISTICAL Account, xiii (1842) p.13. George Bain, HISTORY

OF NAIRNSHIRE (1893) pp.250-2, 441-4.

George Bain, HISTORY OF THE PARISH OF AULDEARN (1898)

p.38 (illustration)

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