BLERVIE MAINS HOUSE (Ref:15582)
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 062 570.
Dated 1776. S facing, 2-storey and dormerless attic, symmetrical 5-bay house. Pinned, squared rubble frontge, harl pointed rubble flanks, polished ashlar dressings and margins. Slightly advanced centre gabletted bay with rusticated centre doorpiece, small attic window and apex stack. Single ground, 1st floor and attic windows in E gable, paired ground and 1st floor within similar attic window in W gable; 12-pane glazing. Rusticated quoins; decorative lipped scroll skewputts, dated at SW and with nautilus shell carved on gable faces; moulded copes to ashlar end stacks; slate roofs. Later single storey, 3-bay rear wing. INTERIOR: entrance/stairhall with cantilevered staircase rising full-height around square stairwell; reused stair treads with moulded risers (moulding truncated at outside edge) and with 1776 recut underside; twisted wrought-iron balusters between ground and 1st floor, turned wooden balusters above. Simple moulded ceiling cornices; raised and fielded panelled doors and window shutters. Black marble chimneypiece in dining room, later 19th century carved chimneypiece in drawing room with white marble slip; reused late 17th century moulded chimneypiece (?from Blervie Castle) in one attic room.
Blervie Castle, of which the single 5-storey tower survives
sited to N of Blervie Mains House, was demolished in 1776 to
provide building material for the new mansion, in turn
superseded as Blervie House by the 1901 building of that
name. The nautilus shell carving on the skewputts is peculiar
to Forres and Findhorn, with this example at Blervie the only
one known outside these 2 centres.
House built by The Hon Major Lewis Duff, son of William
Braco, Earl of Fife.
Farmhouse and steading not included in listing.
Anon, SURVEY OF PROVINCE OF MORAY (1798), p.161. THE
STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (vol xvi, 1794-5, Witherington and Grant
edition, vol xvi, 1982), pp.630-1.
J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), p.35
Groom's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND i (1882), p.169.
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