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This building is in the Moray Council and the Mortlach Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 3188 4404.


Said to be 1523 tower house, additions 1610. Further

extensive additions and alterations by William Robertson,

1840. Some further alterations and additions 1929-30. Mainly

2 storeys over raised basement (site slopes to W); irregular

S facing U-plan house with mainly 1840 E entrance front.

Harled rubble, polished ashlar dressings, contrasting tooled

ashlar margins.

Gabled E elevation with near centre round-headed recessed

entrance porch in advanced gabled bay approached by flight

of steps oversailing raised basement; 2 long windows at left

lighting 1840 library.

Irregular S garden front incorporates 3 builds; at W 1523

single bay tower house of 4 storeys and attic, with abutting

drumtower stair turret corbelled out as small square

caphouse at upper stage. Entrance in re-entrant angle with

small flanking gun loops and arrow slits. Centre 1610, 3-

storey, 2-bay block (remodelled 1840); outer 1840 advanced

and gabled wing with large windows. Centre 1st floor windows

barely break wallhead under gablets with centre armorial;

re-set armorial panels in S and W elevations.

Mainly 1840 multi-pane glazing with thick moulded wooden

mullions (and transom to 1 window). 1840 angle bartizans;

original rolled moulded copes to 16th and early 17th century

stacks, copied 1840 margined end and ridge stacks. Slate


1929-30 addition bay to N and remodelling of rear service


INTERIOR: vaulted entrance lobby to 16th century tower house;

single room in each floor served by wheel stair, some deep

moulded cornices; pegged and numbered roof timbers in attic.

1840 HOUSE: entrance hall with public rooms left and right

(sitting room and dining room). Dining room with re-used

panelling (installed 1929); reeded detailing to wooden

chimneypiece; bracketted ceiling cornice.

DRAWING ROOM: (former late 16th century 1st floor hall)

carved wooden Adamesque overmantel to 1930's brick

chimneypiece; fine late 18th century fielded panelled door

and doorpiece with overdoor and acanthus detailing; plain

6-fielded panels to passage face.

Ornate turned balusters, in sets of 3 with differing

patterns to staircase installed during 1929 alterations.

LIBRARY: simple moulded ceiling cornice; plain grey marble



Home of Leslie's of Kininvie and Tullich from 1523-1943. Lands of Kininvie granted in 1521 by John, third Earl of Athole, to Alexander Leslie who died circa 1549 and whose effigy is in Mortlach Parish Church. Datestones of 1610 and 1726, the former resited after blocking of 1610 entrance in 1840.


Lachlan Shaw, HISTORY OF THE PROVINCE OF MORAY (1775), pp. 289-90. Moray District Record Office, DAWP 113. Elizabeth Beaton, WILLIAM ROBERSTON 1786-1841, ARCHITECT IN ELGIN (1984), pp. 22, 27.

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