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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.

BURGIE HOUSEReference: LB15584

Status: Designated


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


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Rafford

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 9030 59486
  • Coordinates309030, 859486


1802, additions and alterations (which in the main retain the

original floor plan but heighten the house), Charles Doig,

Elgin 1903; further additions and remodelling, W H Woodroffe,

London, 1912-14. Minor alterations, A J Morrison, Elgin,


Substantial 2-storey and attic house over raised basement;

regular wide 7-bay S front (3 centre bays linked to advanced

outer bays by narrow bays). Squared cherry-pointed tooled

ashlar frontage, tooled rubble flanks and rear, contrasting

polished ashlar dressings.

Centre entrance approached by flight of steps oversailing

raised basement; entrance masked by substantial porch added

after 1914 and modelled on tetrastyle portico of 1802, with

bowed mullioned and transomed side windows and glazed

frontage with coloured glass depicting Lictors' staves.

Flanking tripartites with carved detailing as on porch; 3 1st

floor bipartites. 1912-14 Venetian windows in ground floor of

both advanced outer bays with tripartite in 1st floor above;

multi-pane glazing. Substantial corniced blocking course to

outer bays returning across E and W side elevations with

quatrefoil detailing. Tall corniced ridge and wallhead stacks

with repeat quatrefoil detailing to copes; piended slate

roofs, steeply pitched in centre.

Wide rear elevation with irregular advanced outer bays; 4

piended and one box dormer.

INTERIOR: some 1802 beaded panelled dados, window shutters

and doors survive. White painted 1802 carved chimneypiece in

entrance hall with mantel-shelf supported by slender columns

with Corinthian capitals. Present dining room with carved

white marble chimneypiece with centre swag. 1802 plaster

ceiling friezes in drawing and dining rooms, 1912 frieze in

entrance hall. 1903 staircase fronted by arcaded screen

supported by fluted Ionic columns.

Statement of Special Interest

Burgie was the seat of the Dunbar's of Grange; in 1796 Lewis

Dunbar of Burgie married Sophia Brodie of Coulmony,

Nairnshire, adding Brodie to his name. They built the present

Burgie House in 1802, demolishing the old castle (except the

tower) to provide materials.

The estate was rented by Alexander Thomson, who originated

from Turriff and who made money in Ceylon, from 1900 and

purchased by him in 1911. His initials together with those of

his wife are on the 1912 datestone; reused datestone of 1621

set in E gable are those of Robert Dunbar and his wife,

Isabella Sharp.

Charles Doig probably acted as executant architect to W H

Woodroffe 1912-14, as the plans are together in the Doig

Collection. The drawings show the original tetrastyle

portico, rather than the one fronting the house at present.

The 1802 portico was subsequently re-erected in the walled




NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1843), p.248. J G Murray, THE

BOOK OF BURGIE (1930), PP.121-2. Elgin Library, Doig

Collection, DGV P53.

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