PRESHOME, CHAPEL HOUSE, GARDEN STORE AND WALL ENCLOSING HOUSE, GARDEN AND CHURCH (Ref:15525)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 25/04/1989.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 409 614.
HOUSE: Bishop James Kyle with William Robertson, 1830. S facing symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay house. Rubble, tooled ashlar dressings and margins. Centre door with simple later wooden portico type porch. Regular 3-bay rear fenestration; 2 centre stair windows lighting upper flights in E gable; mainly 4-pane glazing. Coped end stacks; slate roof. Later single storey lean-to at E gable. INTERIOR: centre entrance passage with parlour at left and former dining room (now sitting room) at right. PARLOUR: plain white marble chimneypiece; simple ceiling cornice; centre painted ceiling rose with armorial within foliated wreath enclosed by simple hexagonal painted border. FORMER DINING ROOM (sitting room): plain grey marble chimneypiece (as parlour); simple ceiling cornice. 1ST FLOOR: library and former archive with original shelving, 'pigeon holes' and cupboards. GARDEN STORE: later 18th century, W facing 2-storey, regular 2-bay garden store, probably former pavilion wing to earlier house. Rubble, tooled rubble dressings. Entrance to 1st floor by forestair at N gable; off centre gable entrance to ground floor in S gable. 9-pane glazing; centre ridge stack; piended Banffshire slate roof. GARDEN WALL: house and adjoining church enclosed by coped rubble wall.
There appears to have been a former dwelling on site. Chapel
House designed and built by Bishop Kyle with William
Robertson who amended and drew the plans.
The Rt. Rev. James Kyle became Vicar Apostolic of the
Northern District of Scotland in 1828; he chose to reside at
Preshome where he remained until his death in 1869. He was a
remarkable administrator, a linguist, an architect and
scholar, a key figure in the Roman Catholic Church in
Scotland in the 19th century. 75,000 documents amassed at
Preshome during his lifetime and filed in his personal
archive room, are now in the Scottich Catholic Archive,
Edinburgh. The Bishop was also a hospitable man, providing 6
attic rooms for his guests.
NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1842), p.255. David McRoberts,
'Scottish Catholic Archives', INNES REVIEW 28, (1977),
pp.106-7. Scottish Catholic Archives, Edinburgh PL3/170/8 and
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