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PITTENSAIR (Ref:15803)

This building is in the Moray Council and the St Andrews-Lhanbryd Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 31/05/1974.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 2822 6068.


James Ogilvie, master mason, dated 1735. N facing 2-storey,

3-bay house. Harled rubble, ashlar dressings. Later

additions at E gable and S elevation.

Centre door in N front masked by later gabled wooden

porch. Moulded surround to doorway; also to all front

windows, which have been widened in ground and 1st

floor outer bays.

Symmetrical rear fenestration; small ground window each

side of centre door (blocked at W) and in centre 1st floor,

all narrow with plain chamfered jambs. Single ground floor

and long 1st floor window in W gable; 8- and 12-pane glazing.

Oval oculus in W gable to light loft with 'James Olgilvie'

carved above and 'Marjory Steuart' below.

Moulded corniced copes to end stacks, with narrow pulvinated stringcourse below cornice and small ledge at inner face,

with moulded underside. Shaped skewputts, that at NW

dated; flat skews continuously moulded on underside and

splayed at base to follow line of bellcast roof; graded

Banffshire slate roof with stone ridge.

Later single storey rubble extension at rear, masking

rear centre entrance; single storey, 3-bay cottage (now

gutted) at E gable; moulded architraves to centre door.

End stacks and corrugated iron roofs to both.

INTERIOR: small circular cantilevered staircase with moulded

underside, polished wood balustrade and slender wooden

balusters; original moulded chimneypieces in W ground and

1st floor rooms; simple moulded ceiling cornices; 'stake'

and hris' (wattle, clay and straw) party wall in loft.


James Ogilvie was a master mason and it can be assumed that he was architect-builder of his own dwelling in which, in minature, he includes details from the greater mansions on which he worked. The moulding on the underside of the staircase is similar to that at Gordonstoun House, re-modelled 1730, on which he may well have worked. James Ogilvie was 'Architect and Undertaker' for Speymouth church, he and the minister having 'contrived' the plan between them in 1732-3. Unusual detailing to end stacks, the ledges probably assisting the cleaning of the chimneys besides throwing rainwater away from the ridge. Upgraded B to A, 24.3.88


Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1600-1840 (1978), p. 600.

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