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ABERLOUR HOUSE AND TERRACE (ABERLOUR HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL) (Ref:2349)

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

Group Items: 6, 7, Group Cat: A, Map Ref: NJ 279 436.

Description

William Robertson, 1838-9, mansion with extensive additions by A and W Reid, 1854-68. Further alterations by Dick Peddie and Kinnear, 1885-6. Drawing room addition circa 1892 decorated by Sir Robert Lorimer, 1892-3 who also designed other interior decorations (surviving only in library). Austere N facing classical 2-storey mansion with single storey and attic ranges extending to rear. Polished and tooled ashlar throughout. Original 5-bay house with shallow advanced outer bays; 2-tier pedimented tetrastyle portico, lower tier projecting as porte cochere supported by fluted Greek Doric columns with Empire garland frieze (porte cochere circa 1855 but probably designed by William Robertson). 2-storey, 3-bay drawing room wing extends at E continuous with frontage. Rectangular bay window (1854) lights library (former dining room) at W; similar window lights drawing room at E (re-used from former drawing room). Some corniced and lugged architraves to aproned ground floor windows. Set back 2-bay wing survives at W with outer window framed by paired pilasters and paired engaged columns supporting entablature and corniced wallhead. Extensive infilling of original rear court between 1856-1868; E return elevation with dormers, windows and hooded canopied entrance, 1886. Multi-pane glazing; corniced wallhead; corniced stacks; shallow piended and gabled slate roofs. House flanked E and W by 1838-9 polished ashlar pedimented basket-headed arches leading to former stable court. Paired pilasters clasp N and S facets under paired Empire garlands; anthemion and acroteria decorate pediment. Arches linked to house by low coped tooled ashlar quadrant walls. INTERIOR: entrance hall, formerly with doorways to drawing room (left) and dining room (right), opens through columned screen to stairhall rising 2 storeys; imperial staircase with mid 19th century cast-and wrought-iron balusters linked to fluted Ionic cast-iron newels. Coffered ceiling with gilded detailing and gilded floreated and foliated bosses. Chequered marble floor (1892-3). LIBRARY (FORMER DINING ROOM): re-modelled as library by Sir Robert Lorimer, 1892-3, including bookcases, some with glazed fronts; also marble chimneypiece with decorative medallions; coffered ceiling and decorative frieze. 1837 former drawing room (now children's common room): carved red marble chimneypiece. HEADMASTER'S STUDY; 1892-3 chimneypiece with marble slips. TERRACE: (1885): mansion fronted by balustrade and flights of steps descending to lower lawn (now playing field).

Notes

Aberlour House, together with E lodge, columns and stables built by Alexander Grant, who originated from Glenrinnes and who made a fortune in W Indies. It is doubtful he ever lived in the house, which he left to his niece, Miss Margaret Gordon MacPherson, at his death in 1854. She added Grant to her own name and made extensive additions to house and policies, dying in 1877 aged 43. House damaged by fire in 1875. Property purchased in 1885 by Sir John Ritchie Findlay, owner of THE SCOTSMAN newspaper, who made further alterations and additions, including drawing room decorated by Sir Robert Lorimer (decorations have not survived). Aberlour House now a school. Upgraded B to A 9.11.87.

References

ELGIN COURANT, 31 October, 1838; ABERDEEN JOURNAL, 28 November 1838. Advertisements for tenders. J and W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED (1868), pp.46-7. Howard Colvin A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1600-1840 (1978), p.699. Peter Savage, LORIMER AND THE EDINBURGH CRAFT DESIGNERS (1980), pp.14, 56, 66, 73, 171. Elizabeth Beaton, WILLIAM ROBERTSON, 1786-1841 'ARCHITECT IN ELGIN' (1984), pp.21-22, 24. Photograph collection, Elgin Library. Moray District Record Office, Forres DAWP 2001. National Record of Scotland. Further information by courtesy Messrs Dick Peddie and Mackay, Edinburgh.

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