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ORROK (OR ORROCK) HOUSELB2778

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
16/04/1971
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Belhelvie
NGR
NJ 96401 19560
Coordinates
396401, 819560

Description

1781-2(?). 3-storey gabled main block with single-storey

piend roofed wings of same depth, S. front dressed granite

5-window (1 blind at ground floor, 2 at 2nd) 1 door with

rectangular fanlight and 1 window each wing. N. front

3-window (W. windows blind) 1-window in wing, ground floor

harled, dressed granite, 2nd and 3rd; tripartite doorpiece

with semi-elliptical traceried fanlight, Semi-circular headed

openings in E. wall of E. wing and at attic in gables. Simply

treated interior with original woodwork, plain railed stair,

good chimneypiece at 1st floor. Modern garage entrance W.

wing and modern porch E. wing.

Statement of Special Interest

A group. The name Orrok was transferred from the Orrok's

family estate in Fife which had had to be sold.

John Orrok 'late captain of ships trading in the East and

West Indies' recovered the family fortunes in some degree and

bought the Colpna or Over Blairtown estate rechristening it

Orrok. The house bears large 'O's over the attic windows in the

gables and except possibly at the harled ground floor appears

to have been wholly built by him. See also Forbes and Taylor,

the letters of John Orrok (son of the above). The estate was

sold to R.S. Walker 1880.

References

Bibliography

Dunbar, Historic Architecture of Scotland p.86.

Henderson, Epitaphs and Inscriptions p.143.

Temple, Thanage of Fermartyn.

Lord Tweedsmuir, One Man's Happiness. Sasines. In 1780-1 the

property was acquired by John Orrock from Alexander Fordyce

(of the Elgie family) who had acquired the property in 1770.

Fordyce may have built or begun the house as the Morning

Chronicle and London Advertiser June 15 1772 refers to a

third house in the country for retirement but his spectacular

bankruptcy as a London banker in that year allowed him little

time. A.G.R. Mackenzie believed it to be an older house

remodelled. Both the 1770 and 1781 charters refer to a

'Manour Place'. A family called Mitchell had acquired the

tenure from Panmure in 1708.

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