BALFOUR CASTLE (WITH GARDEN GATEWAY) SOUND (Ref:18615)
This building is in the Orkney Islands Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 08/12/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: HY 4747 1643.
1846-59. David Bryce, architect. Large rambling Scots Baronial mansion incorporating part of earlier Cliffdale House. 3 storeys and garret with 4-storey tower and 1-storey offices. Stugged ashlar. Turrets. Corbie-steps. Bay-windows. Slated roofs.
GARDEN GATE-WAY at Lady's walk: Dated 1674. Fragment of House of Sound (burned down by Hanoverian soldiers 1746). Round arch flanked by engaged columns and capped by armorial panel. Rounded pediment has monogram AB/MB and date.
Estate of Sound (West Shapinsay) was acquired by Buchanans from Tullochs in 17th century passed to Feas of Clestrain (Stronsay) 1720; to Laings of Papdale (St Ola) 1770 and later to Balfours of Trenabie (Westray) for whom Castle was built. Grounds laid out by Craigie Halkett Inglis of Cramond (Edinburgh) upgraded Category B to A, 11 October 1995.
OSA NSA Groome Inv 795 (gateway only; ill) G T Balfour-Kinnear 'Re-collections' pp 18-20, 54-6.
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