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This building is in the Moray Council and the Cullen 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 5065 6631.


Substantial turretted mansion of various builds now forming

extended Z-plan. 1602 tower house incorporating earlier fabric

and on earlier site; substantial late 17th, early and mid 18th

and mid 19th (David Bryce, 1858-9) century additions and

alterations. Divided as 13 separate residential units,

architect Douglas Forrest, Cullen, 1982-4; S and SW wings

damaged by fire, June 1987 and in course of restoration (1988).

Two to 4 storeys in height; rubble, some harling, tooled

and ashlar dressings, margins and crowsteps to gables.

Roughly L-plan tower house at SE angle with long wing to W of

pre 1602 origin. Latter given new S elevation with large windows

by David Bryce; N facing elevation to courtyard retains 17th

century details and earlier fabric with some regularisation of

the windows. The original entrance to the tower to courtyard

in tight angle at S of N-S range; roll moulded door (now

blocked with window), elaborate doorpiece with stylised,

waisted pilasters and heraldic medallions; diminutive angle

turrets near wallhead. To N, 1602 3-storey range with substantial inserted doorpiece by Bryce modelled on the early design

but with large rampant lions flanking. To N again

rectangular-plan block of 1711-14 partly remodelled by Bryce.

To W of W wing further 1711-14 additions also partly

remodelled 1858.

The E facing range with nearly symmetrical main elevation.

Square tower at S of 1668 with some reworking; recessed bays

of 1602 origin; N tower of 1711-14 with ogee roofed angle

turrets and crenellations.

Windows in a variety of shapes mainly sash and case with small

panes excpet for Bryce's large inserted windows which are

plate glass. Numerous windows break wallhead with elaborate

dormerheads U-plan 2-storey service wings at N, including former kitchen, now divided as cottages and dwellings. 2 storeys,

harled, ashlar margined window and door openings.

Ridge, end and wallhead stacks of various dates; slate


INTERIOR: divided vertically in separate dwellings retaining

various original staircases and public rooms. Mid 18th century wrought-iron balustrade to former main staircase. Panelled

entrance hall with Dutch tiled fireplace.

Mid 18th century kitchen with moulded ceiling cornice now

converted as dwelling and architect's office.


Mansion sited on rocky bluff overlooking Cullen Burn. Home of the Ogilvy family, Earls of Findlater and Seafield; from 1811 by marriage with Grants of Castle Grant, the Ogilvy-Grant family. Tower house built 1600-2 on site traditionally connected with single storey range of cells housing clergy of collegiate church, now the Old Parish Church. Various generations of wealthy Earls of Seafield commissioned the best architects of their day to change and add to the mansion, Smith and McGill, 1709, John and James Adam, James Playfair. Some of these plans may have been executed in part, but hidden under subsequent alterations; the principal surviving additions and alterations are those in Scottish Baronial style by David Bryce, 1858-9. Mansion sold in 1981 by Earl of Seafield to Kit Martin who subsequently divided it into 13 separate dwellings (Douglas Forest, architect). S and SW portion badly damaged by fire June 1987. This destroyed the 1600-2 painted ceiling in former library; restoration now in progress (1988).


THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791, Witherington and Grant ed. 1982), p.126. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840 (1978), pp,44, 46, 530-1. Marcus Binney, 'Cullen House, Banffshire', COUNTRY LIFE, Dec. 19 and 26, 1985.

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