Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 72276 12557
372276, 812557


Large 4-storey and attic Z-plan main tower house with wings

enclosing N. courtyard. Probably originally designd c. 1576

by Thomas Leiper, W (Michael) tower being built first, with

part of centre block shortly there after: extended to present

Z-plan c.1592, hall paved by James Leiper 1614, elaborate

upper parts with coat of arms completed by I (John)

Bol 1617-18 (inscription and date). Wings or Laich Biggings

1621-36 (dated ) probably James Leiper. Centre block 54'

x 32'10" square tower 31' round tower 28' dia. 77' high.

Hall vaulted with "laird's lug". Some late 18th century

interior work, probably dating from 1795 when large domed

staircase and arcades were inserted in court (recently

removed) and fine S. doorway with cavetto splay. N. gate and

flanking buildings c.1820, bellcote features older re-used.

Statement of Special Interest

Original name Michal in Mar



C & D Arch. v. II p.226 il and plans.

Billings v.II W. Douglas Simpson in 3rd Spalding Club.

Miscellany v.III (1966). William Kelly in Deeside Field 1931.

Cruden Scottish Castles p.171-2

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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