Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Kiltarlity And Convinth
NH 41037 40807
241037, 840807


Circa 1600 L-plan tower house with 1790 alterations and

baronial rear wing dated 1895. Harled with tooled and polished

ashlar dressings.

3- and 4-storey tower house; stair turret in SW re-entant

angle with corbelled base; similar turret at NW angle;

bartisans at SW and NE. Main entrance door with re-cut

moulded jambs in projecting S stair tower with late 19th

century heavy studded plank door with ornate cast-iron

hinges. Arrow slit vents survive in S elevation; regularised

and enlarged fenestration.

Baronial rear wing with canted bay windows and oriel;

crenellated wallheads; angle bartizan; 2- and 4-pane glazing.

Armorial panel, crowstep gables; slate roofs.

Interior; little survives of original interior except

partially blocked wheel stairs. Circular stair (1790) rises

full height in projecting single bay tower, with turned

wooden balusters, polished wooden handrail and decorative

plaster roundel in ceiling. Fielded panel doors (also 1790)

and marble chimney piece. 1895 interior fittings in later

wing; panelled dados; large wooden staircase with carved

balustrade and newel finials; panelled doors and moulded

door jambs; polished ashlar baronial chimney piece in inner


Statement of Special Interest

Traditional seat of the Chisholm family. Thomas Muirison,

Architect, carried out additions and alterations to Erchless

and policies 1814-15 costing $3,060.5.10d for William

Chisholm of Chisholm.




ACCOUNT xiv (1841) p. 48 MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED


National Monuments Record of Scotland. Scottish Record Office

SC 29/64/1 pp 1-32

About Listed Buildings

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