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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.

DUNECHT HOUSEReference: LB3133

Status: Designated


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


  • Local Authority: Aberdeenshire
  • Planning Authority: Aberdeenshire
  • Parish: Echt

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 75083 7846
  • Coordinates375083, 807846


Mansion round courtyard with outer court to N., and S.

terraced garden. Originally John Smith 1820 Neo-Greek

2-storey basement and attic square block with Greek-doric

porch and bow, both features now removed. Incorporated at

S.E. corner of large 2-storey and basement Italianate

mansion, William Smith 1859 (south side of present court),

2-storey coursed granite with bay windows and top parapet,

balustraded at bays, handsome 4-storey tower. Porte-cochere

at E. end removed, alterations and additions to E end

of Smith house, library, new courtyard entrance tower

containing staircase, and chapel added to form court George

Edmund Street 1877, French-Italian Romanesque. New dining

room, conservatory, and other additions, new windows to

court in Smith building G. Bennet Mitchell 1900.

Conservatory removed, extensive additions comprising

boilerhouse wing, gates and lodges N.W. and N.E. terraces

loggia gazebo etc. interior alterations and additions Sir

Aston Webb 1913-20. Bennet Mitchell's dining room removed,

internal alterations and Webb's diagonal screen wall to

court removed, Dunecht estate office 1950s.

Interior:- Smith staircase large square toplit and round-arched,

cove and panels painted in Raphaelesque manner by Italian

artists c. 1860 with additions 1900; Long gallery (W.

Smith) 100' x 16' compartmented ceiling, centre

Chimneypiece at W. end marble, G.E. Street; Entrance tower

and staircase (Street) 20' dia. open centre well with 47

colonnettes, vaulted at top. Library and drawing room have

English Jacobean woodwork (with marquetry panels) and

plasterwork installed c. 1920, Billiard Room English 15th

century screen with gallery, chimneypiece and panelling.

Library (G.E. Street, now ballroom) 120' x 27' x 40, arched

ceiling, iron galleries, reading room off, rich scheme of

decoration, Lunette by James Pryde. Chapel (Street)

100' x 34' x 50' with vaulted apse, waggon roof and N.E.

chapel. Stalls (Street 1877) inlaid walnut from Florence,

additional woodwork Dr. Kelly, 16th century panelling in N.E.


Statement of Special Interest

The 1859 and 1877-81 additions and alterations were

carried out for the 25th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres

(1812-80) and continued by his son the 26th earl.

Work was suspended in 1881 after the theft of the body of

the 25th earl and the estate advertised for sale in 1886,

but was not sold;. at that date the library was still not

occupied, the long gallery chimneypiece not assembled and

the chapel floor incomplete. In 1900 it was sold to A.C.

Pirie of Craibstone who employed G. Bennet Mitchell (then

of the architectural department of Davidson and Garden

Advocates) to design addition to the house and an

extensive scheme of estate, improvement comprising new

cottages at Echt and Dunecht (then Waterton). In 1907 it

was let to Lord Cowdray who purchased the estate outright

in 1912 commissioning Sir Aston Webb to make extensive

additions in 1913-20. Further alterations were made

internally by Dr. Kelly c. 1924-32.



Smith plans for 1820 house (undated) at estate office;

accounts National Monuments Record Lithograph of 1859

state, no plans.

No plans for Street additions, but refs in A.P.S.D. and

Sale catalogue 1886 and 1912 Plans for Webb, Kelly, and

Estate office alterations at Estate office.

N.S.A. v. XII p. 738 3 S.A. p. 191 Aberdeen Press and Journal

July 2nd 1900.

Derek Hudson, James Pryde.

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