Listed Building

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BARRA CASTLELB2821

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
16/04/1971
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Bourtie
NGR
NJ 79223 25756
Coordinates
379223, 825756

Description

Dated 1614/18, N. wing 1753. 3-storey courtyard plan of

unusual type. W. wing of traditional L-plan pattern with

circular tower S.W. angle, curve of stair in jamb expressed

as a semi-circular tower corbelled to square at S, S.E. wing

with circular angle tower, pinned boulder rubble. Main gables crowstepped. N. wing simple 3-storey coursed rubble with

straight skews. Low courtyard wall on E. square-headed

doorway, later urns, water spout from courtyard to kitchen.

Interior: Drawing room with panelling replaced to original

design, G. Bennet Mitchell, 1910-11, large chimneypiece with

slightly later one inserted within it; early - mid 18th

century panelling in 1st floor bedroom S.E. wing, good stair

of similar type to Bourtie and panelled sitting room in N.

wing of 1753.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally a seat of the Blackhalls and the Kings. Forfeited

1590, to the Setons of Meldrum 1598. Sold 1630 to James Reid,

and then in 1753 to John Ramsay of Melross and Leithers.

References

Bibliography

O.S.A. v. IX p. 436 C. & D. Arch, v. II p. 399. Country Life,

Nov. 23 1912 p. 710 and Aug. 22 1963 p. 424. Giles, Castles

of Aberdeenshire LIII (W. Douglas Simpson gives 1614-18).

Scottish Field March 1961 p. 36 Forman, Scottish Country

Houses and Castles, p. 138 (1593-1614). Dunbar Historic

Architecture of Scotland p. 72. Cruden, Scottish Castles p.

159. Jervise p. 76 Temple, Thanage of Fermartyn p. 279. A.

Morrison, The Blackhalls of that Ilk and Barra.

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