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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 42259 36980
342259, 836980


Courtyard castle comprising:- Z-PLAN TOWER HOUSE, Probably

c. 1550 and before 1575 3-storey and attic harled with

square N.W. Dog Tower, larger circular tower at S.E.

Very finely detailed, moulded square headed door in Dog

Tower with late gothic bases, sunk panels over. Rich gothic

ogee panel, now empty on W. wall of centre section. Other

sculptured details in angles, dog finial to Dog Tower.

Interior: ground floor vaulted, hall at 1st floor divided

into dining and drawing rooms late 17th century with

bolection moulded chimney piexes and coved ceilings at a

lower level than original which has joists on carved corbels;

has been painted, mostly renewed. Top of house remodelled

with straight skews and wall head gable late 17th or early

18th century; present doorpiece on W. wall architraved,

later 18th century.

N. WING Probably originally 17th century, remodelled or

rebuilt early 19th century and added to; additions

remodelling and repairs, A. Marshall Mackenzie 1890.

S. WING Single-storey remodelled or rebuilt second half of

18th century.


Gate dated 1673 on E. face. Arched, Renaissance detail,

semi-circular tympanum above entablature with ball


Statement of Special Interest

The initials 'GG' on the S.E. tower are those George Gordon,

son of Adam Gordon, Dean of Caithness. He bought Beldorney in

1545 and obtained Crown confirmation in 1550. He died

September 1575. Bulloch believed that the initials referred

to the 3rd laird and that the castle was built or completed

in the 17th century soon after 1627 but the late gothic

character of the detail makes so late a date very unlikely.

The details suggest that it is earlier than Terpersie and if

so it is the oldest surviving Z-plan house after Huntly.



3 S.A. - p. 615

No ref. in C. & D.

Arch. or Giles.

Contract Book, Matthews & Mackenzie

The stables (not included in the listing) are by R. Duncan of

Huntly 1889 (Huntly Express January 19.)

Notes on interior provided by Dr. Simpson.

Family history sketch plan and illus. in J.M. Bulloch Gordon

Mss., Kings College Library, Aberdeen.

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