Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 33949 49530
333949, 849530


Early 18th century, 2-storey house with late 18th century

additions; further additions and remodelling circa 1825-30 in

style of William Robertson of Elgin; additions and

'restoration', Bruce and Sutherland, Architects, Banff, 1886.

Harled with tooled and polished ashlar dressings. E facing 7-

bay entrance front with narrow windows with chamfered

margins (earliest portion of house); late 18th century

projecting bowed outer bays; centre entrance re-modelled

1825-30 with centre door flanked by narrow lights and

intermediate pilasters with incised keystoned detailing.

Entrance fronted by circa 1825-30 porte-cochere supported by

4 Greek Doric columns standing on continuous plinth.

5-bay S front with slightly advanced centre 3 bays faced

in tooled ashlar with central niche in 1st floor under

blocking course with centre ornamental urn-like circular

corniced wallhead stack. Elevation fronted by 1825-30

conservatory comprising 4 front and 2 side Greek Doric

columns linked by panelled base course and deep entablature,

infilled with multi-pane glazing. Shallow piended glazed roof terminating with decorative palmette and anthemion cast-iron brattishing.

Mainly 12-pane glazing. Ridge and end stacks; slate roofs.

Walled service area to N with entrance flanked by simple

square gate piers initialled FDS and dated 1886.

INTERIOR: entrane hall divided from inner hall by Greek Doric

screen infilled with later glazing. Stairhall with early 19th

century reconstructed cantilevered staircase with later 19th

century decorative cast-iron balusters.

DRAWING-ROOM: probably 1825-30 decoration and fittings, with

panelled dado, moulded doorpieces, overdoors, panelled window

shutters. Decorative plaster ceiling cornice with some

additional later 19th century moulded borders; white marble

chimneypiece supported by pair caryatids.

DINING-ROOM: re-decorated in late 19th century incorporating

earlier 19th century decorative features such as moulded

doorpieces and overdoors, panelled dado. Late 19th century


CONSERVATORY: simple chimneypiece with re-set 17th or

possibly early 18th century armorial.

Statement of Special Interest

Seat of the Steuarts of Auchlunkart and Forres inherited from

Innes's through heiress (presumably by marriage). House

appears of 3 main stages; centre portion, outer bowed wings

and finally conservatory, porte-cochere and internal

fittings. Later 19th century alterations mainly internal

decorative and service additions. 'Recently improved' by 1798

and 'most commodious' by 1834. William Robertson of Elgin

Known to have been working in parish (and at neighbouring

Orton) between 1826-28. House passed out of Steuart ownership

in 1947. Armorial in conservatory initialled MAD and IG.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1794-5, Witherington and Grant

edition, 1982), p. 93. SURVEY OF THE PROVINCE OF MORAY

(1798), p. 295. L Shaw, HISTORY OF PROVINCE OF MORAY (2nd ed.

1826), p. 47. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1834), p. 366.

BANFFSHIRE ADVERTISER, 29 July, 1886, advertisement for

tenders. BANFFSHIRE HERALD, 4.2.1905, p. 6. Obit. Andrew

Steuart of Auchlunkart. Nigel Tranter, THE QUEEN'S NORTH-

EAST (1974), p. 23.

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