Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
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NJ 95295 33957
395295, 833957


Dated C.R. 1664 at Royal Arms in centre gable and J.E.B.

1751 at lintel. (Query if all of 1751 re-using materials of

1664 house). 2-storey and dormerless attic, harled, skewputts,

steeply battered walls, approximately symmetrical S. front

with centre 1-window gable of slight projection, roll

moulded doorpiece with arched panel (inscribed HOW HAPPY


1-window each side, those on E. asymmetrically placed, all

chamfered. Single-storey kitchen wing at right angles S.W.

Interior: woodwork all of 1751, original chimney-pieces at

1st floor, one moulded 17th or 18th century, one c. 1800. Column-balustered stair. S.E. ground floor room formerly

had chimneypiece in S.W. angle.

Statement of Special Interest

This house is not easy to date. A.G.R. Mackenzie believed

it to be of the 1664 date merely refitted with the door

raised by Bean. The lower jambs are of surface granite, the

very thin top jambs freestone and the lintel quarried

granite. Except for the steep batter of the walls (including

the centre gable) and the roll moulded doorpiece the house

would accord well enough with a mid 18th century date.



Godsman, Ellon, p. 167. The J.E.B. initials are for John

Edward Bean. The Royal Coat of Arms relates to the erection

of Ardgrain into a barony by Royal Charter 1528 with the

Crown as superior. The present house was erected by John

Kennedy of Kermuck who purchased the barony in 1629 and

reconstructed or rebuilt by Bean. Dunbar, Historic

Architecture of Scotland p. 84 (Reads date as 1731).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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