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BALNAGOWN CASTLELB7866

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 25/03/1971

Location

  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Parish: Kilmuir Easter

National Grid Reference

  • 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.

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