Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

BALNAGOWN CASTLELB7866

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
25/03/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Kilmuir Easter
NGR
NH 76260 75208
Coordinates
276260, 875208

Description

16th/17th century L-plan tower house with 18th and 19th

century additions, including infilling of angle of L-plan

and east wing of circa 1820 said to be by James Gillespie

Graham. 3 and 4 storey castellated mansion of red coursed

rubble with tooled ashlar dressings; some rendering

simulating coursed rubble. Entrance in SE re-entrant angle

masked by glazed porch; deep 5-sided portico supported on

painted columns with crenellated finials and decorative cast-

iron spandrel-tracery masks further entrance in centre of

wide bowed bay rising full height of south elevation. Wide

3-bayed west elevation with off-centre middle bay and

flanking turrets rising above crenellated wallhead. North

elevation with variety of fenestration and central shaped

gable in 4-storey section, with battery of apex stacks.

Gothic Revival east wing of 3 storeys, single wide south

facing bay flanked by angle turrets again rising above

crenellated wallhead. Unusual large oval window to ground

floor with cross tracery Large hoodmoulded and traceried

window at 1st floor (lighting dining room) with smaller

window above with similar detailing. Gothic lancets in

turrets.

Return east elevation with asymmetrical fenestration

including one oriel, and bold NE tower with Gothic detail.

Various bartizans; ridge, end and wallhead stacks; crowsteps;

slated roofs.

Interior: ornate interior which includes 2 17th century

chimney pieces, one (from Meikle Daan, Edderton) dated 1690.

Primitive painted figures in "Trophy Room"; original vaulted

ceilings, door and chimney pieces and wallpaper in east wing.

Statement of Special Interest

Various marriage stones; datestone of 1672 by main entrance.

References

Bibliography

Nigel Tranter, THE FORTIFIED HOUSE IN SCOTLAND, v, (1970)

pp.149-50. W Macgill, OLD ROSS-SHIRE AND SCOTLAND (nd) i,

pp.193-4, 203. Alexander Walkington and Elaine Henderson,

BALNAGOWN CASTLE (circa 1980). Further information by

courtesy of The Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

About Listed Buildings

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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)

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