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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 25/04/1989


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Rathven

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 41085 61443
  • Coordinates341085, 861443


HOUSE: Bishop James Kyle with William Robertson, 1830. S

facing symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay house. Rubble, tooled

ashlar dressings and margins. Centre door with simple later

wooden portico type porch. Regular 3-bay rear fenestration; 2

centre stair windows lighting upper flights in E gable;

mainly 4-pane glazing. Coped end stacks; slate roof.

Later single storey lean-to at E gable.

INTERIOR: centre entrance passage with parlour at left and

former dining room (now sitting room) at right.

PARLOUR: plain white marble chimneypiece; simple ceiling

cornice; centre painted ceiling rose with armorial within

foliated wreath enclosed by simple hexagonal painted border.

FORMER DINING ROOM (sitting room): plain grey marble

chimneypiece (as parlour); simple ceiling cornice.

1ST FLOOR: library and former archive with original shelving,

'pigeon holes' and cupboards.

GARDEN STORE: later 18th century, W facing 2-storey, regular

2-bay garden store, probably former pavilion wing to earlier

house. Rubble, tooled rubble dressings. Entrance to 1st floor

by forestair at N gable; off centre gable entrance to ground

floor in S gable. 9-pane glazing; centre ridge stack; piended

Banffshire slate roof.

GARDEN WALL: house and adjoining church enclosed by coped

rubble wall.

Statement of Special Interest

There appears to have been a former dwelling on site. Chapel

House designed and built by Bishop Kyle with William

Robertson who amended and drew the plans.

The Rt. Rev. James Kyle became Vicar Apostolic of the

Northern District of Scotland in 1828; he chose to reside at

Preshome where he remained until his death in 1869. He was a

remarkable administrator, a linguist, an architect and

scholar, a key figure in the Roman Catholic Church in

Scotland in the 19th century. 75,000 documents amassed at

Preshome during his lifetime and filed in his personal

archive room, are now in the Scottich Catholic Archive,

Edinburgh. The Bishop was also a hospitable man, providing 6

attic rooms for his guests.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1842), p.255. David McRoberts,

'Scottish Catholic Archives', INNES REVIEW 28, (1977),

pp.106-7. Scottish Catholic Archives, Edinburgh PL3/170/8 and


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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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