Listed Building

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Planning Authority
Auchindoir And Kearn
NJ 47068 24826
347068, 824826


TOWER HOUSE:- dated 3rd quarter 16th century by Dr. Simpson.

3-storey and cape house L-plan 55'x43' on long sides;

closed parapet with continuous roof (originally intended

to be open, probably change of plan during construction).

Exterior harled, numerous gun-ports; crowsteps of wing

gable coped; moulded segment-headed doorway; turret at S.E.

and corbelled parapet on E. side main part; columbarium

S. gable.

INTERIOR:- yett extant; rib and groin vault within entrance

doorway, remainder of ground floor barrel-vaulted. Hall reduced

in size, receiled and refitted probably 1726, interesting

plan with wall chambers and mural gallery at 2nd floor.

GATEWAY. 1726, arched and rusticated 1726 and re-inserted 1667

coats of arms; ball-finials. 16th cent. figure putting shot


EAST WING. 1726 (probably); 3-storey 3-window (to E.)

57'5"x25'2" ashlar with margins, moulded eaves course;

alterations 1906, wallhead raised 1942 after fire damage

(originally very high peind roof). One good Adam-type chimney

piece and good stone stair with w.i. rail.

CENTRAL PART. 1832. Ascribed to Archibald Simpson by Dr.

Simpson (plasterwork similar to Newe) Single-storey ashlar

Jacobean, gutted 1942 and rebuilt.

WEST WING. 1908. Plain flat roofed 2-storey.



N.S.A. vXII p.411

C & D Arch v.1. p.326


(Jervise) p.323-7.

J. Giles, Castles of Aberdeenshire VII

W. Douglas Simpson in P.S.A.S. v.LXIV 48 et seq; full

description, plans; resemblance to Gight, and also to

Delgaty and Towie, Barclay noted.

Further notes, LXVI p.99; further discussion in Cruden, Scottish Castles; suggests 1548 as date.

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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