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GLASSAUGH WINDMILLLB6761

Status: Removed

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
22/02/1972
Date Removed:
12/07/2016
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Fordyce
NGR
NJ 56016 65713
Coordinates
356016, 865713

Removal Reason

Dual designation

Description

Mid 18th century, possibly 1761. 4-storey tapering circular

windmill encompassed by circular platform base. Rubble,

tooled ashlar dressings. 2 doorways at 1st floor level

give on to roof of circular base (which forms wall-walk)

around 1st floor of windmill; 3 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor

windows of diminishing size set one above the other at

regular intervals around tower; 4 segmental-headed wide

openings in ground floor. Wallhead crowned with dressed

ashlar cope; 2 small holes visible in S side of cope,

these formerly retained pinion rings for staying

sails.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument.

The unusual wide base of the windmill may be of slightly

later build; the masonry is inferior to that of the windmill

tower. 2 mid 18th century topographical drawings of

Glassaugh House reveal the windmill, with sails, in the

background. General James Abercrombie of Glassaugh

retired from the army in 1759 and devoted himself to his

estate until his death in 1781. The earliest known

documentary reference to the windmill is in a letter dated

23 August, 1761 from the General to his daughter referring to

high winds which had almost blown off 'the pompon of the

wind Miln which was only sett up yesterday'.

References

Bibliography

John Hume, THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND ii (1977),

pp.175-6. Mary Mackie, 'Glassaugh Windmill, Banffshire',

MORAY FIELD CLUB BULLETIN 9 (1981), pp.16-19. Also mid 18th

century topographical painting of Glassaugh including

windmill; copy in possession of present owners.

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