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INNES HOUSE (Ref:14862)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Urquhart Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 2793 6500.


William Ayton, 1640-53. Large L-plan tower house, 4-storeys,

with 5-storey stairtower in re-entrant angle. Oyster coloured

harling with ashlar dressings and margins. Floors delineated

by string courses, lowered beneath windows; all windows

pedimented, the pediments (some circa 1912) bearing initials

and dates; regular fenestration; diamond-shafted chimneys at

gables; pinnacled skewputts. Tower has pierced wallhead

parapet, pinnacles at three angles and conical-roofed

caphouse at north-west angle.

3-storey canted bay window with crenellated parapet at W

elevation of towerhouse added circa 1825.

Courtyard at rear added soon after 1857 entered through re-

used (circa 1770) archway.

EAST WING: Walker & Duncan, circa 1912, in style sympathetic

to main house. 2-storey and attic wing linked to mansion by

2-storey, 2-bay passge range.

INTERIOR: vaulted ground floor; large 1st floor ballroom

(former 1st floor hall) with no original fittings. 1912

panelled doors.


Built for Sir Robert Innes of Innes. Bought by James Duff, 2nd Earl of Fife, 1767. Bought by Mr Frank Tennant, circa 1910. On 4 September 1640 payment made to "William Aitoun, Maister Maison at Heriott his work, for drawing the form an the house in paper $26.13.4 Scots." The executant master mason was William Ross. House now divided as flatted dwellings.


David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE. ii, 202-3. John Dunbar, THE HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND (1966), 75-78. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRPAHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS (1978), p.78 Alistair Rowan, "Innes House, Morayshire", COUNTRY LIFE, Nov. 4 1976, 1268-9.

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