Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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NH 74159 49797
274159, 849797


Dated 1625, restoration and alterations, J M Wardrop and

C Reid, 1869. Tower house of height varying between 4-6

storey; all harled rubble with ashlar dressings. Long

rectangular south facing block, with flanking SW and SE

square towers and with 2-storey square turrets with

crowstepped gabled roofs corbelled out at NW and NE angles.

Original entrance in base of SW re-entrant angle; 1869

principal entrance off-centre in recessed irregular 3-bay

South front, with moulded door jambs and with blind panel

recess above. 6-storey SW tower has (1869) crenellated

wall-head with round corbelled angles and water spouts;

stair turret projects above crenellated wallhead, terminating

with finialled ogee open crown spire. SE tower rises 4

storeys, with steeply pitched crowstepped roof with end

stacks and corbelled angle turrets with conical roofs.

Long rounded narrow stair towers in East and West re-entrant

angles corbelled out at first floor height.

Gun loops and slit vents in ground floor; regular

fenestration in upper floors, many windows enlarged and

regularised during 1869 restoration. Some windows break

wallhead under shaped pediments (also 1869). Multi-pane

glazing; end and wallhead coped stacks; local slate roofs.

Interior: original floor plan mostly survives, though a

later staircase has been inserted (1869) to service principal

entrance. Scale and plat stair in SW tower leading to

first floor hall; upper storeys served by mural wheel

stairs. Plain original chimney piece in first floor hall;

elsewhere mainly 1869, including extensive panelling;

turret rooms converted to bathrooms in late 1970s.

Gate piers: later 19th century (probably 1869) pair

panelled polished ashlar square gate piers with corniced

caps and ornate urn finials; linked by decorative wrought-iron overthrow; incorporating Moray monogram and coronet as

central motif; matching cast and wrought iron carriage gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for James Stuart Third Earl of Moray circa 1625

on site of earlier castle. Castle Stuart continues in

possession of present Earl of Moray.




OF SCOTLAND, ii (1887) pp 479-83. Nigel Tranter THE QUEEN'S

SCOTLAND - THE NORTH-EAST (1974) p. 163.

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