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BLERVIE MAINS HOUSE (Ref:15582)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Rafford Parish. 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.

Description

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.

Notes

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sited to N of Blervie Mains House, was demolished in 1776 to provide building material for the new mansion, in turn superseded as Blervie House by the 1901 building of that name.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.

References

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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