Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Cromdale, Inverallan And Advie
National Park
NJ 04137 30181
304137, 830181


15th/early 16th century L-plan tower house with wing to W

and with original entrance in S re-entrant angle, partially

encased and re-cast to N in 1765 to form U-plan mansion,

John Adam, architect. Squared and coursed ashlar granite N

front, harled elsewhere with ashlar margins.

Symmetrical 4-storey, 7-bay N (1765) front with centre

entrance and flanking round-headed rusticated doorway with

radial fanlight. Some front windows blind; moulded eaves

cornice; piended platform slate roof. E and W elevations

extend in decreasing height to enclose U-plan court opening

S and incorporating original tower house (with later raised

caphouse) at W. Symmetrical 2-storey, wide 5-bay W

elevation to E kitchen wing opening to court with wide

centre entrance and flanking round-headed windows, all with

blocked imposts.

S court raised above basement, closed at S by low crenellated

wall and eached by flight steps. Portion of W wing gutted

and roofless (1985).

Multi-pane glazing to sash windows; coped end and ridge

stacks; slate roofs.

Interior: simple entrance hall with restrained plaster

cornice and circular detailing with central rosette to

ceiling. Stairhall with cantilevered stone staircase with

decorative scroll cast-iron balustrade. Plaster ceiling

with cornice and centre "parasol" rosette. Dining room:

former 1st floor great hall, re-panelled circa 1765 with

similar panelling to ceiling. Modern replacement

chimneypieces each end.

Drawing and ante-room: 1765 palmette and antemion frieze and

central rosette to drawing room, floreated rosette to

ante-room ceiling.

Replacement chimney-pieces.

Library: shallow barrel vaulted ceiling panelled circa

1765; key-pattern frieze and key-pattern detailing to

chimney piece.

Strong room: small strong room with iron door and iron

window shutters in NE corner of house, 1st floor.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally a Comyn stronghold (tower at NW named Comyn

Tower). Called Freuchie castle the property passed to Grants

of Inverallan and became the stronghold of Clan Grant;

re-named Castle Grant in 1694. Enlarged and re-cast by Sir

Ludovick Grant in 1765. Sir Ludovick's grandson, Sir Lewis,

inherited the Earldom of Seafield in 1811 and assumed surname

of Ogilvie-Grant.

Castle no longer property of Seafield Estate. In process

of restoration (1985).



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiv (1841), p.438. MacGibbon and


iii (1889), pp.611-13.

J & W Watson MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), pp.57-63. Howard


1600-1840 (1978), p.46.

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