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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.


Status: Designated


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


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Burgh: Elgin

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 22114 63095
  • Coordinates322114, 863095


16th century; rectangular 3-storey block, stair tower to

S gable with small wheel stair, corbelled out upper stage

N elevation. Later ruinous wing to SW. Rubble;

re-roofed later 19th century. Gabletted crowsteps; one

skewputt with arms of Patrick Hepburn dated 1557;

another with double faced mask. Small windows; some

blocked. Various coats of arms.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship Monument.

More correctly it is likely that this was the Precentor's

Manse, where the Bishop might have lodged when visiting

the Cathedral from Spynie Palace.

SW wing appears added by Earl of Dunfermline late 17th

century; house renamed Dunfermline House. Unexecuted scheme

for restoration by R Rowand Anderson, 1892; plans

and drawings with Chief Executive, Moray District and


Former Item 170 (1981 Revised List).

Scheduled Ancient Monument.




SCOTLAND, ii, p.58-60. R G Cant and I G Lindsay, OLD ELGIN

(1945, 1954 ed), p.12-13.

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Listed Buildings

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