Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 93718 42842
293718, 842842


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


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

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



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


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)

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8914 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to GLENFERNESS HOUSE

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 19/09/2019 07:38