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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.

CLUNY CASTLEReference: LB2949

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 16/04/1971


  • Local Authority: Aberdeenshire
  • Planning Authority: Aberdeenshire
  • Parish: Cluny

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 68900 12743
  • Coordinates368900, 812743


John Smith 1836-40 incorporating Z-plan castle of 1604 (probably by I. Bol) refaced and largely refenestrated at W. 3 storey, towers 4/5 storey. Castellated ashlar neo-Tudor with corbelled angle features crenellated parapets and machicolated round towers; symmetrical front with porch of 3 semi-elliptical arches between twin towers of which

western is of 1604 with completely rebuilt top. Back wings enclosing court, large neo-perpendicular chapel with apse and stone tracery. Interior Graeco-Renaissance:- octagonal entrance hall with red granite antae, spectacular stair-case with carved wooden balustrade panels, 1st floor and corridor Corinthian; rich plasterwork in drawing room; notable

circular room with tent ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest



3.S.A. p. 230 A.P.S.D.

Smith accounts, National Monuments Record

W. Douglas Simpson Earldom of Mar p.131 (il and plan)

Lithograph by Hulmandell.

C. & D. Arch v. II p.232 sketch illustrations and plans by Skene of Rubislaw. Restoration of chapel & c. after fire damage 1926.

G. Bennet Mitchell Aberdeen.

Press & Journal Sep. 3rd 1928.

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