Listed Building

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KEISS CASTLE, WALLED GARDEN GATE LODGE AND GATEPIERSLB18445

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
13/04/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Wick
NGR
ND 35567 61750
Coordinates
335567, 961750

Description

1755, 3-storey, 5-bay house extended and altered by David

Bryce, 1860 to form mainly 3-storey, L-plan Baronial mansion.

All harled with ashlar dressings and margins.

Principal entrance in west angle of broad SW 1860 wing,

round-headed and cabled moulded with long architraved window

above, with panels above and below. SW wing rises to

4-storey, square corbelled and crenellated tower with cannon

spouts, and angle corbelled stair turret rising above

wallhead with ogee roof and weather vane. 1860 angle

bartizans with fish-scale slated conical roofs corbelled out

in upper storey each side of 1755 west gable. SE elevation

has long 1st floor tripartite (lighting drawing room) with 2

pedimented dormers breaking wallhead above.

Mainly 12-pane glazing; string course; margined and coped end

and ridge stacks; slate roofs.

Interior; principal public rooms in 1860 Bryce wing, situated

on 1st floor and reached by imposing stair case with pendant

newel and barley-sugar twist balusters. Panelled window

shutters, doors and moulded doorpieces, together with marble

chimney pieces, survive from 1860. Decorative moulded ceiling

cornices. Extensive single and 2-storey service ranges to

rear forming U-plan service court close at NW by rubble wall

and square rubble gate piers.

Walled garden; coped rubble walled garden to NE of house

with angle turret with conical roof.

Gate Lodge and Gate piers; David Bryce, dated 1860. Simple

single storey gabled gate lodge. Rubble, tooled dressings.

Gabled porch in north facing re-entrant angle with plank door

with ornate cast-iron hinges; renewed 2-pane glazing;

crowsteps; coped stacks; slate roof. Modern single storey,

single bay addition to rear (south).

High coped quadrant walls, rubble with dressed copes;

terminal piers with shallow pyramidal caps. Renewed pair

simple gate piers; pair cast-iron carriage gates; decorative

cast-iron matching spearhead railings.

Statement of Special Interest

"An excellent mansion house" (1813) Plaque on W side of house

reads "Aedificata 1755 Restituta 1860" Additions commissioned

by Col. K. Macleay whose monogram is above the main entrance,

and whose initials are inscribed on the gate lodge. Property

purchased by Duke of Portland 1866. Old Keiss Castle a

scheduled monument.

References

Bibliography

Nicholas Carlisle, A TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF SCOTLAND, ii

(1813) (no page numbers). Groome's GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, iv,

(1885) p.339. National Monuments Record of Scotland.

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