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BLERVIE TOWER (Ref:15583)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Rafford 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 070 571.

Description

Late 16th century, 5-storey square tower formerly part of castle of earlier build (said to have been dated 1398). Rubble, ashlar dressings. Circular stair turret projects at S together with exposed hearth of former 1st floor hall with later 16th century chimneypiece. The chimneypiece has a moulded and joggled mantel with carved crest in centre flanking moulded jambs, remnants of moulded cornice and exposed relieving arch. Vaulted undercroft with some early gun loops.

Notes

Blervie Castle belonged to Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan, passing to the Dunbar family during the 16th century who probably constructed present tower and added to earlier structure. The castle was demolished in order to provide materials for the building of Blervie House, now Blervie Mains House of 1776. Commanding position on hilltop. Change of Category B to A, 25.4.89.

References

THE NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (vol xvi, 1794-5, Witherington and Grant ed vol xvi, 1982), pp.630-1. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p.248 J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), p.35. MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND ii (1887), pp.263-4.

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