Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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NO 52010 5239
352010, 705239


Built from 14th century onwards. North Tower: rectangular

tower possibly built on foundation of 14th century tower,

mainly now late 15th or early 16th century with top storey

and turrets of late 16th century, conical roofs of these

turrets now cut back and enclosed under main roof, vaulted

ground floor, 4 storeys above. East Tower: dated 1573 with

initials MH (Margaret Hay), originally linked to north tower

only by a passage, top storey added 17th century, L-plan with

turnpike stair in north wing, from 3rd floor to 4th floor in

re-entrant angle corbelled above a bridging arch. L-plan

linking building between 1573 and 1606 (dormer heads dated

1606), includes south tower, and long 3 storey, 4 bay range

housing public rooms with decorative dormer heads (one

renewed 1724), entrance in re-entrant angle with corbelled

turnpike stair above. Conical roofed corbelled angle turrets

at 4th floor. Additional entrance to vaulted hall on west,

with false gable corbelled over 3rd floor. North elevation

with additional stair and other projections. The whole

restored by Professor Lorimer 1878. All built of squared

rubble. All gables crowstepped. Coped chimney stack, some

diamond shafts. Windows all sash and case, glazing dating

from restoration. Interior: several vaulted ground floor

rooms; main stair (possibly late 17th/early 18th century) in

south west tower, with fretted balusters, leads to the Hall,

now Drawing Room, with circa 1660 panelling and some 18th

century panelling, chimney piece in style of Robert Adam at

east; With - Drawing Room, now Dining Room circa 1660 with

interesting painted panelling of 18th century date; the

Library 1st floor East tower, plaster ribbed ceiling dated

1617; Vine Room, (above Dining Room) and Earl's Room with

good 17th century plaster ceilings, (one dated 1676) the

former with circular painting by De Wet. Many other

interesting internal details. Dovecot inserted in south wall

of low office and stable courtyard. Walled garden, with

garden house at north west by Robert Lorimer, who laid out the


Statement of Special Interest

In the possession of the National Trust.



Hew Lorimer: KELLIE CASTLE, Guide for National Trust.



OF SCOTLAND. 1887 pp. 125-133



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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)

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