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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.

INNES HOUSEReference: LB14862

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 26/01/1971


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Urquhart

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 27930 65007
  • Coordinates327930, 865007


William Ayton, 1640-53. Large L-plan tower house, 4-storeys,

with 5-storey stairtower in re-entrant angle. Oyster coloured

harling with ashlar dressings and margins. Floors delineated

by string courses, lowered beneath windows; all windows

pedimented, the pediments (some circa 1912) bearing initials

and dates; regular fenestration; diamond-shafted chimneys at

gables; pinnacled skewputts. Tower has pierced wallhead

parapet, pinnacles at three angles and conical-roofed

caphouse at north-west angle.

3-storey canted bay window with crenellated parapet at W

elevation of towerhouse added circa 1825.

Courtyard at rear added soon after 1857 entered through re-

used (circa 1770) archway.

EAST WING: Walker & Duncan, circa 1912, in style sympathetic

to main house. 2-storey and attic wing linked to mansion by

2-storey, 2-bay passge range.

INTERIOR: vaulted ground floor; large 1st floor ballroom

(former 1st floor hall) with no original fittings. 1912

panelled doors.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Sir Robert Innes of Innes. Bought by James Duff,

2nd Earl of Fife, 1767. Bought by Mr Frank Tennant, circa

1910. On 4 September 1640 payment made to "William Aitoun,

Maister Maison at Heriott his work, for drawing the form an

the house in paper $26.13.4 Scots." The executant master

mason was William Ross.

House now divided as flatted dwellings.



David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC

ARCHITECTURE. ii, 202-3.



(1978), p.78 Alistair Rowan, "Innes House, Morayshire", COUNTRY

LIFE, Nov. 4 1976, 1268-9.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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