ROTHIEMAY HOUSE, KILN BARN (Ref:15618)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 14/10/1976.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 551 484.
Circa 1740. Long 2-storey kiln barn with long elevations N and S. Mixed pinned and harl pointed rubble, tooled granite dressings. Centre door flanked by vents; opposite door in rear wall (for winnowing); 4 loft windows N and S, kiln taking up one quarter of internal space at W of building with small vents below eaves, N, S and W. Piended roof with dormered loading door at E gable; some alterations at E end for conversion of ground floor as cottage in 19th century. Ridge stack for kiln and later ridge cottage stack; piended local slate roof deteriorating at SW. INTERIOR: double-leaf plank doors hinged in centre (to control draught for winnowing); drawbar holes to each entrance, mural aumbry close to S door. Circular kiln bowl with 2 openings into kiln, one above the other; original smoke blackened 'kiln-sticks' now boarded over to make floor at 1st floor level; stone mural chute from kiln floor to ground floor. Storage loft with wooden shutters to 8 windows with cills at floor level; pegged timber roof with ashlar and sole plates at wallhead.
William Duff, Lord of Braco bought Rothiemay in 1741,
dying 1763; the barn is known to have been built during
his lifetime. This kiln barn is a rare survival, the
conversion of part of the E end as a gardener's cottage
in no way obscuring the functional nature of the building.
There is one other kiln barn in Moray District, now Bow
Cottage, Ballindalloch and one similar building, at
Sandside, Caithness. Change of Category B to A 25.4.89.
H Gordon Slade, "Rothiemay: an 18th century kiln barn',
VERNACULAR BUILDING 4 (1978), pp. 21-27.
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