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DOCHFOUR HOUSELB8028

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
05/10/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Inverness And Bona
NGR
NH 60457 39204
Coordinates
260457, 839204

Description

Circa 1740, 2-storey symmetrical SE facing 5-bay house with

extensive additions and alterations by William Robertson,

Elgin, 1839 re-casting dwelling SE/NE as asymmetrical

Italianate mansion. Further late 19th century addition at NW

in similar Italianate style. Mainly harled but coursed rubble

and polished ashlar to SW garden front; polished and tooled

ashlar dressings and margins.

Earlier house, SE front with paired outer bays; long ground

floor windows (probably lengthened); 2-window return gables

(blocked fenestration at SW); dormers (1839); piended

platform roof.

1839 additions clasp rear of earlier mansion; square 2-

storey Italianate tower at NE fronted by porte-cochere

masking entrance; armorial panel in 1st floor; pair carved

ashlar urns to balustrade of porte-cochere. Further taller

Italianate tower centrally placed on rear of garden front

with triple round-headed narrow windows and shallow pyramidal

roof. Extensive and varied ranges extend N of entrance with

varied fenestration, some windows set in shallow round-

headed recesses SW garden front; 1839 3 wide bays with

recessed ashlar centre bay and outer gabled bays, each bay

with 3 closely set windows. Balcony links outer bays with

delicately carved ashlar bracketted balustrade with stylished

foliage. Long centre windows (with blind boxes) open to

terrace. Extension to NW in same style of late 19th century

date.

Varied glazing, mainly 12-pane or lying-pane, some margined

to garden front. Shallow piended slate roofs extending over

deep, blocked eaves.

Interior; early portion of house retains circa 1740 plaster

ceiling, chimney piece and panelling in former drawing room.

Original dining room re-decorated and re-fitted with chimney

piece all circa 1780.

SW front of 1839 contains library, drawing room and dining

rooms, all with marble chimney pieces, some with coloured

marble inlay, and plaster ceiling cornices.

Statement of Special Interest

Home of the Baillie (later re-named Burton) family. Late 19th

century wing at NW built in honour of visit to Dochfour by

Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and contains smoking room.

References

Bibliography

NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiv (1835), p.16. Howard Colvin, A

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840

(1978), p.699. Elizabeth Beaton, WILLIAM ROBERTSON, ARCHITECT

IN ELGIN, 1786-1841 (1984), pp.22, 24, 27.

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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