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- Category: B
- Date Added: 16/04/1971
- Local Authority: Aberdeenshire
- Planning Authority: Aberdeenshire
- Parish: Kennethmont
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NJ 56332 30714
- Coordinates: 356332, 830714
Roofless, but otherwise complete. Dated (A)RTHUR'S SEAT
BUILT IN THE YEAR 1757 and 17(?). Symmetrical palladian
mansion. 2-storey and full basement centre block, raised
pedimented centre of slate-coloured ashlar with rusticated
Venetian at piano nobile with 2 windows and oval panel
above, 2 windows either side, squared rubble with
slate-coloured dressings. Plain canted bay at back. Quoin
angles. 2-window and centre door single storey quadrant
links to sqaure. 2-storey wings of 2 x 2 windows.
Considerable additions in same style at E. wing.
Statement of Special Interest
Gutted c. 1953. Little of interior decoration remains.
Wooden main staircase in front hall rising through
2-storeys. Drawing room said to have good plasterwork
interior otherwise plain. For photographs of house and
policies complete and history of family see J.M. Bulloch
Gordon mss. King's College Library.
O.S.A. v. XIII p. 80
N.S.A. v. XII p. 584 & 750 as Gordon Hall. 'David Gordon,
merchant in Cadiz.'
3 S.A. p. 632
Laing, Donean Tourist 'Arthur's Seat, now Gordon Hall, erected by
Arthur Gordon of Wardhouse.
The name Arthur's Seat refers to John Hardyng's verse on
his map which describes King Arthur having held his court
at 'Donydoure' (Dunnideer).
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