Listed Building

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NETHER ARDGRAIN, FARMHOUSELB9106

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
16/04/1971
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Ellon
NGR
NJ 95295 33957
Coordinates
395295, 833957

Description

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

WOVLD THE HVSBANDMAN BE IF HE KNEW HIS OWN GOOD [VIRGIL] LET IMPROVEMENTS AND LIBERTY FLOVRISH.) and sundial over.

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.

References

Bibliography

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).

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