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MAINS OF MAYENReference: LB15610

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 22/02/1972


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Rothiemay

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 57465 47769
  • Coordinates357465, 847769


Dated 1680. 2-storey, L-plan house with circular stair

turret in re-entrant angle; 3 builds circa 1600, 1680 and

mid-later 19th century. Harled, whinstone and granite

ashlar dressings, substantial boulder footings to earliest

portion of house at N. N-S rectangular block with main E

elevation comprises circa 1600 build at N and 1680 at S,

with simple doorway in E front under dated and inscribed

plaque. Mid-later 19th century 2-storey, 3-bay block at

right angles with projecting gabled porch in N face and

enlarged ground floor windows. Circular stair tower with

2 windows and diminutive gabletted wallhead dormers;

bellcast slated roof. Varied fenestration with small

gabletted dormers breaking wallhead in older portion, 1

dormer at E having gablet dated 1680. Substantial early

ridge stack in early block (probably circa 1600) with end

stacks, small ridge stack in mid-later 19th century wing;

slate roofs; crowstepped gables.

INTERIOR: simple interior; plank door with long blacksmith's

hinges in E elevation giving into room with hearth in cross

wall with roughly tooled granite facings and 2 mural

aumbries. Ground floor room at N with indication of former

internal mural stair; wheel stair in drum tower.

Statement of Special Interest

Lands of Mayen were originally part of the Barony of

Rothiemay and were bestowed on David Abernethy by David

II in 14th century; in 1445 an Abernethy became the first

Earl of Saltoun. Arms above doorway for Alexander Abernethy

and Jean Hacket or Halkett his wife, 'Alus per Christum

AA IH 1680'. The property was purchased by Major Alexander

Duff in 1785-8, who built Mayen House and demoted the old

house as the Mains of Mayen. West wing of mid-later 19th

century date appears on 1st ed OS of circa 1870. Change

of Category B to A, 25.4.89.




pp. 66-9.

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