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GLENFERNESS HOUSELB560

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
26/01/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Ardclach
NGR
NH 93718 42842
Coordinates
293718, 842842

Description

Mansion house and estate buildings, Archibald Simpson, 1844-45. Alterations and additions to mansion, A. & W. Reid, 1869.

Traditional Norwegian houses 1890.

House; extensive 2-storey house, facing east/west; mixed grey

and pink rubble, tooled granite dressings. Main east front;

simplified classicism, 2-storeys, 2 wide pedimented advanced

outer bays, 4 narrower recessed central bays; screen linking

outer bays now glazed with later projecting porte-cochere with

Roman Doric columns. Single storey (1869) irregular range

extends to north, linked to 1 of 2 traditional timber Norwegian

single storey houses which flank outer wings, set at angles to

form semi-circular entrance front.

Garden front (west); asymmetrical massing centres on 3-storey

near centre Italianate tower, with re-entrant at right infilled

between tower and SW gable with later (1869) 2-storey, 3-bay

dining room with long windows in ground floor.

Single canted bay window rises full height in south gable.

Various 1869 service wings to north. 8- and 12-pane glazing;

bracketted cornices to some ground floor windows; band courses;

corniced ridge and end stacks; projecting, joisted eaves,

slate roofs.

Interior; some original cornices and chimney pieces; library

at SE shortened in 1869 to accommodate passage leading to

1869 single storey billiard room. Decorative cast-iron

balustrade to staircase.

Statement of Special Interest

"Princess Stone" a cross slab in grounds is Scheduled Ancient Monument No 1233.

House formerly pink harled Present mansion built near site of

house commenced by Sir James Montgomery Cunninghame, but never

finished owing to his death (before 1842). Property purchased

by John Dougal of Ratho Park, Midlothian, who built present

house. Property bought by Earl of Leven and Melville in 1869,

in whose family it remains today. Plans and building

specifications dated 1844 remain in house; builders, Burgess

family.

Specifications include "take down and re-use old house".

1869 plans with Moray District Record Office, Forres, Moray.

References

Bibliography

NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xiii, (1842) pp.32, 45.

Lachlan Shaw, THE HISTORY OF THE PROVINCE OF MORAY, ii, (1882,

revised ed.) p.197. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF

BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840, (1978) p.737. Moray District

Record Office, DAW761. National Monuments Record of Scotland (photographs of erection of Norwegian buildings, 1890)

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