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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Mains And Strathmartine
NO 37073 36286
337073, 736286


Circa 1785. 2-storey, rectangular-plan, colonial style house, made L-plan by single storey service wing projecting from NW angle (similar wing at NE angle demolished earlier 19th century), 5-bay with twin bows. Harled rubble, grey slate roof. Windows mostly 12-pane sash and case with painted ashlar margins; flat coped skews with skew blocks; end stacks.

S ELEVATION: steps to suprisingly modest central door with slab canopy; 2 full-height bows at left and right, modillioned wallhead cornice; gable of service wing recessed at far left, tripartite window (outer sections narrower and blind).

E GABLE: bipartite window at ground floor right, window at single storey lean-to at far right.

W ELEVATION: gable to main building at right blank; service wing advanced at left, 3 windows (2 with unsympathetic modern glazing), piended roof at right; drystane garden wall projects from NW angle.

N ELEVATION: stair window at centre, window at 1st floor left and right; ground floor masked by full-width single storey lean-to with window at centre flanked by projecting rounded bays, each with window; door at far right in lean-to adjoining projecting single storey service wing, 2 doors and 2 windows (1modern) facing E.

INTERIOR: original doors and shutters; some original chimneypieces with 19th century inserts; plain moulded cornices; geometric stair, stair window border glazed with stained glass.

GATEPIERS AND ADJOINING WALLS: 2 semi-octagonal, droved gatepiers with moulded caps; flat-coped drystane walls adjoining.

Statement of Special Interest

This house was built on or near the site of Strathmartine Castle by Captain David Laird following service in the Royal Navy during the American War of Independence. There is no positive trace of the site of the castle. The castle is marked on Edward's map of 1678 and mentioned as a 'good house' in Ochterlony. Laird improved the estate and erected new cottages; the greatly altered row to the N of the steading probably date from the late 18th century.



OS maps 1858 and 1900.

OSA (1794), vol XIII, pp95-6.

NSA (1845), vol Xi, p60.

Map of Angus in Robert Edward, A DESCRIPTION OF THE COUNTY OF ANGUS (1678) reprinted in Alexander J Warden, ANGUS OR FORFARSHIRE (1881), vol II (map in vol I).

John Ochterlony, ACCOUNT OF THE SHIRE OF FORFAR, (1684-5), reprinted in Warden, op cit, p263.

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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