Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

THUNDERTON PLACE, THUNDERTON HOUSE, ADJOINING GARAGE WING AND LOW COURTYARD WALL INCORPORATING HERALDIC BEASTS (THUNDERTON HOTEL)LB30908

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
26/01/1971
Local Authority
Moray
Planning Authority
Moray
Burgh
Elgin
NGR
NJ 21483 62796
Coordinates
321483, 862796

Description

Early/mid 17th century, probably incorporating earlier

work but remodelled and reduced in size to present

L-plan in 1822. Rubble with ashlar dressings, slate roof.

The 17th century house survives only at the S elevation

with the 4 17th century pedimented dormers carved with

Duffus, Dunbar, Innes and Mackenzie monograms, and the

N gable with grouped rectangular and diagonally set

stacks. More carved dormerheads are built into the

courtyard elevations which are largely of 1822, as in the

Tuscan porch in the re-entrant.

Low 2-storey range with garage and rooms over built on

to N gable of Thunderton House; rubble, slate roof.

Low courtyard wall incorporating pair heraldic beasts

(horses); similar pair now incorporated in walling of

close at 23-25 High Street, Elgin.

Statement of Special Interest

Cobbled and paved area to forecourt and lane.

Built on site of "Great Lodging" of Scottish Kings and owned

during 14th and 15th centuries by Earls of Moray. By 1650

it was property of the Sutherlands of Duffus, who added to

and embellished the house. After 1715 rising it passed to

the Dunbars (who had owned the property for a period during

the late 16th century); in 1800 purchased by John Batchen,

who let the lower portion as a chapel. Tower added by

Lord Duffus demolished 1822. pair stone figures which

previously flanked doorway bearing Duffus arms, now in Elgin

Museum.

Former Item 212 (1981 Revised List).

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About Listed Buildings

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