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MOY HOUSE AND GATEPIERS (Ref:2275)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Dyke And Moy Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 015 599.

Description

Colin (Collen) Williamson (of Dyke) 1752 and 1762. John Adam, 1762-3. Alexander Ross, 1870. 3-storey mid 18th century classical mansion with E and W 5-bay elevations; flanking early-mid 18th century lower 3-storey wings project at E forming U-plan court; further irregular 2-storey 1870 gabled ranges N and S. Centre 3-storey, 5-bay block cherry-pointed squared tooled ashlar with simulated cherry-pointing over harled rubble at raised basement, W front. Harled rubble elsewhere, except tooled rubble to 1870 work. Tooled and polished ashlar dressings. W FRONT: centre porticoed entrance in narrow centre bay approached by flight of steps oversailing raised basement; round-headed entrance flanked by side lights with engaged Roman Doric columns supporting cornice; Venetian landing window above with Ionic columns and deep moulded entablature; naive mask to keystone. E FRONT: symmetrical 3-storey, 5-bay frontage with entrance in centre of raised basement and 3-bay advanced flanking wings (wings 1752 or earlier), each with blocked entrance in re-entrant angle. Round-headed centre door under corniced doorpiece with flanking thin engaged Ionic columns. Long centre 1st floor window (window possibly lengthened at later date to accommodate balcony, now disappeared). Symmetrical 2-window return gables to earlier wings. Low 2nd storey with small windows to both portions of 18th century mansion; 6-, 9-, 12- and 15-pane (some 2-pane replacements in frontage) glazing with some thick astragals and some blind windows; flat skews with moulded underside and run-off skewputts to earlier wings; moulded eaves cornice to centre 1862-3 block. Coped and necked end and wallhead stacks to earlier wings; corniced twin ridge stacks to centre block. Gabled and piended slate roofs. 1870 additions with 2-pane glazing; canted bay window in E front; gabled and slated roof. Service court at S flanked by pair rusticated ashlar gatepiers with ball finials (1 missing). Court linked at S to 2-storey service buildings with 3-bay S front and forestair at E gable leading to 1st floor dwelling and round-headed entrance with flanking lights. INTERIOR OF MAIN HOUSE: cantilevered stone staircase with moulded risers and underside and decorative cast-iron balusters. Moulded stairhall ceiling. FORMER DINING ROOM: centre door from landing with corniced overdoor (to landing) and pedimented overdoor to room; fielded panelled doors and window shutters; carved overmantel with modern grate. FORMER DRAWING ROOM: ornate plaster centre ceiling rose and moulded cornice; fielded panelled doors with moulded surrounds; carved wooden overmantel to original grate with marble slip and black enamel surround with brass insets with portraits of King (?George III) and Prince of Wales; panelled dado. 2nd floor centre bedroom with heavy lugged doorpiece to half landing. 2 vaulted wine cellars in raised basement; guilloche moulded ceiling cornice in ground floor SW room (former 'low dining room'); fielded panelling to other doors and window shutters. GATEPIERS: pair square rusticated ashlar gatepiers with moulded cornices supporting ball finials flank 2 entrance at W.

Notes

House stands on old site. Burial ground (probably earlier Moy church site) to E. Outer wings of 18th century house may be 'House of Moy built by Collen Williamson', 1752 flanking 'auld house' demolished for $5 and replaced by J Adam centre block. Alternative designs by Robert Adam prepared in 1759 but rejected in favour of those of his brother John, 1762-3. Moy was Campbell of Cawdor property, acquired by Major George Grant in 1733, rebuilt by Sir Ludovic Grant of Castle Grant 1762-3. Passed to Grants of Shewglie (Glenurquhart) and Glenmorriston. Various owners since 1922. Entrance at E side of house of importance for it served the approach by ferry over the Findhorn at Broom of Moy, from where all travellers from E would have crossed and approached house. Findhorn bridged in 1799-1800 when carriage traffic could cross river and therefore use W approach to house. Domestic ice house sited W of mansion.

References

NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p. 223. J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), pp. 109-10. National Monuments Record. Scottish Record Office. RHP 38229, 9060. SRO Seafield Papers. Sir William Burrell, A TOUR (1758), p. 27. (National Library of Scotland MS 2911). Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840, (1978), P. 46. Estate map of Moy, 1776 Moray District Record Office DGSP1.

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