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CHARLESTON PLACE MUIRTOWN HOUSE (Ref:35171)

This building is in the Highland Council and the Inverness Burgh. It is a category B building and was listed on 15/06/1981.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NH 065 046.

Description

Alexander Miller, carpenter, and Hugh Suter, mason, 1800-01. Originally 2-storey and basement 3-bay centre block linked by single-storey and basement quadrants surmounted by low 1st floor screen wall with blind windows to slightly advanced single-storey and basement one-bay pedimented wings with thermal windows at basement and Venetian windows in arched recesses at ground floor; band course at ground floor, 1st floor string course, cornice and parapet at centre and quadrants. Rear wing added Alexander Miller, carpenter, Inverness, Lewis Yule, John Yule, John McWatt and Colin Nicolson, masons, Nairn, 1804-05. Centre bay at front surmounted by attic screen wall with carved pediment (pediment supplied by Robert Burn, Edinburgh), 1805. Square plan tower with angle bartizans, Lewis Yule, John Yule and Colin Nicolson, masons, 1806, at centre of rear. Idiosyncratic fluted Greek Doric portico at centre bay of front, Hugh Suter, mason, 1811. East wing, William Symon, master mason, and Lachlan Mackintosh, carpenter, 1822, single-storey and basement. East wing gothicised, 1827, William Symon, master mason, and Alexander Fraser, carpenter with insertion of hoodmould 3-light cusped and traceried window and heightening of square-plan castellated bartizans flanking gable. West wing added, 1827, William Symon, master mason, and Alexander Fraser, carpenter, single storey and basement, castellated style with 3-light ground floor window under Tudor hoodmould to front. Alterations, Alexander Fraser, master mason, 1830-31, spired belfry added at centre of west wing (only clock-stage now survives), cast-iron lion (sculpted by Anderson, Edinburgh, cast by John Wells, Inverness) erected at apex of east wing (now removed), interior of house remodelled with new staircase and Gothic 1st floor added to portico (pinnacles at parapet now removed). Front rendered, 1834. Further alterations and additions, James Ross 1851.

Notes

Muirtown House was built for Major Hugh Robert Duff, the editor of the CULLODEN PAPERS. Joseph Mitchell wrote that "He was an able man but somewhat eccentric. He had been one of Bonaparte's DETENUS and was confined in a church in France for six months, which he gave as an excuse for not afterwards attending divine service at home. He occupied his time in building his house and laying out the plantations around it." (Mitchell, REMINISCENCES: (1883), 50-51).

References

Scottish Record Office, SC 29/64/1 99-101, 107-8; SC 29/64/2, 201-2, 302-3; SC 29/64/3, 11-13, 197-8, 201-3; SC 29/64/4, 47-8, 92-3, 145-6, 287, 399-400; SC 29/64/7, 159-61 431-3; SC29/64/8, 169-70; INVERNESS COURIER, Feb 13, 1851 (advertisement for tenders); Joseph Mitchell, Reminiscences of MY LIFE IN THE HIGHLANDS, (1883) 50-51.

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