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This building is in the Moray Council and the Bellie Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 24/03/1988.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 3540 5916.


Archibald Simpson, 1828-29. Substantial range forming hollow

square and comprising both dwellings and farm buildings, most

of the latter now gutted internally and converted to modern

farm usage.

Red harled with tooled ashlar margins and dressings. Regular

wide SW facing front range with centre arched entrance. Tall

ashlar segmental-headed archway with corniced and stepped

blocking course. Flanking mirrored 2-storey dwellings,

projecting front and back as single bay gables (canted to

courtyard) linked to archway by set back single bay, in each

of which is bracketted corniced entrance. Long ground floor fenestration, the front windows also with bracketted

cornices, the 1st floor fenestration lower, and some blind in

inward facing bays. Single storey and loft, set back 6-bay

outer ranges, with lunette fenestration above each window set

in shallow round-headed recesses, at left all front

fenestration is blind, at right the block has near centre

gabled porch. Varied multi-pane glazing, some lying-pane.

Squat coped and shaped ridge stacks; slate roofs with

projecting jointed eaves.

2 further long single storey W ranges are sited parallel to

main square, and linked at gabled frontage by square panelled

ashlar gatepiers.


Rear, much altered range of buildings not included in listing. Scottish Record Office RH Plan no 2398 is a working drawing with a reference to 'Mr Simpson's own drawings'. The series of drawings reveal that a clock tower was intended as the archway centrepiece. Described in 1842 as 'a range of buildings which for amplitude, utility and elegance are certainly unrivalled in the N'. Formerly the mains farm on Gordon Castle Estate and called Boghead.


NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xii (1842), p. 119. Scottish Record Office RHP 2394-2404 and GD44/51/364.

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