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CASTLE GRANTLB348

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
26/01/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Cromdale, Inverallan And Advie
National Park
Cairngorms
NGR
NJ 4137 30181
Coordinates
304137, 830181

Description

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).

References

Bibliography

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

Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND

iii (1889), pp.611-13.

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

Colvin, BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS

1600-1840 (1978), p.46.

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