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DUFF HOUSE, FISHING TEMPLELB2885

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
04/03/1994
Supplementary Information Updated
30/03/2004
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Alvah
NGR
NJ 69065 62848
Coordinates
369065, 862848

Description

William Adam, circa 1741. 2-stage, round fishing temple, on island in River Deveron to E of Duff House, currently roofless and overgrown (1990). Polished ashlar with raised and moulded architraves, lugged door surrounds, base course, band course, moulded cornice. Horseshoe stair with moulded treads and simple wrought-iron balustrade, to doorway of principal upper stage, in advanced pedimented bay; doorway below at ground under steps. Further advanced pedimented bay opposite blank. 4 tall windows to principal stage, smaller windows below.

2 basket-arched fireplaces inside, that to upper stage with finely

roll-moulded arrises. Moulded, corniced ashlar stack, with clasping vase-shaped flues.

Statement of Special Interest

The Fishing Temple, domed and surmounted by a gilded figure of Fame, is illustrated in the above portrait of Lady Braco by Mosman. William Adam's Accounts to Lord Braco (in evidence for the Braco case) refer to plans for this Temple, built on an island in the River Deveron, as well as the Temple on Doun Hill (listed separately in Macduff Burgh), and

designs for a Mausoleum (which was not built, but may be the structure illustrated in a portrait of William Duff, Lord Braco by William Mosman in 1741; see Holloway). Tait has sited this temple incorrectly on the Hill of Bauchlaw to the SW of Duff House, and suggests that it was designed by William Bowie; the above evidence suggests otherwise. The plans quoted, thought to be by Bowie, SRO RHP31, 394, are therefore probably not for the Duff House Estate, as catalogued. Upgraded from category B to A on 30.3.2004.

References

Bibliography

MONTCOFFER PAPERS, Aberdeen University Library; Adam to Lord Braco A/194(2)/4/1, Account 1741. (Currently being re-catalogued). William

Mosman "Jean Grant, Lady Braco and her son Lewis", (oil painting) dated 1741. (See J Holloway PATRONS AND PAINTERS: ART IN SCOTLAND 1650-1760, NGS, (1989) p97. A A Tait, THE LANDSCAPE GARDEN IN SCOTLAND, (1980) p69. D Souter A GENERAL VIEW OF AGRICULTURE IN BANFF, (1812) p82.

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