Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 68814 63761
368814, 863761


William Robertson, Elgin, 1837-8. Neo Greek, long single storey 15-bay classical frontage. Sandstone ashlar main E facing elevation and return gables; harled rear. Advanced Ionic hexastyle portico with coffered ceiling: centre door below shallow pediment; moulded jambs to doorway and single flanking windows. Slightly advanced wide end pavilion bays, each with centre window and coupled clasping pilasters with composite capitals, the outer pilasters return as angle pilasters matched by similar flanking single bay return gables. 6-pane glazing

(replacing former horizontal glazing) in centre 4 windows; renewed horizontal glazing elsewhere. Deep corniced blocking course masks shallow piended slate roof.

Portico approached by wide, shallow flight of steps flanked at top by mirrored single pedestal lamp standards; squat, square polished ashlar margined plinths with shallow pyramidal caps.

REAR EXTENSION: A Marshall Mackenzie, Aberdeen, 1898, repaired after fire 1921. Substantial 2-storey, harled block with tooled ashlar margins to all windows. Piended slate roof.

INTERIOR: 1837-8 coffered ceiling to centre hall, now gym. Studded curved hand rail to staircase serving lst floor of rear block; elsewhere interior modernised.

Statement of Special Interest

There was a Grammar School in Banff before 1544, the Banff Academy established in 1786 at 9 Old Market Place. The 1837-8 building, also known as 'Wilson's Academy' was financed by money left by James Wilson, 'late of Banff, in the island of Grenada, a charitable fund for the good of Banff...expended on the school'. The 154' frontage faces east on a rise above the outskirts of the town, overlooking the Deveron

River and Duff House gardens, through which runs the re-aligned A98 road. The building is now used as Banff Primary School.

The central hall, or 'great vestibule', was originally a 'Museum of

Natural History, Antiquities, and Curiosities, which would do no discredit to Aberdeen or Edinburgh'.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1836), pp 54-5. James Imlach, HISTORY OF BANFF (1868), pp 59-60. A E Mahood, BANFF AND DISTRICT (1919), pp

34-5. Banff Preservation Society, ROYAL AND ANCIENT BANFF (1975).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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