Basic Site Details

Name: Kinnaird Castle, with stables and lodge
Town, district or village: Brechin
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Parish: Farnell
Grid ref:
Notes: Lodge is B listed.

Schemes prepared forenlargement by Sir William Bruce and Alexander Edward.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Kincaid As listed in Builder obituary

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Castle  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 111555 AdditionBuilding doubled in size.
Item 2 of 111698 Plans drawn upScheme for enlargement
Item 3 of 1117791793ReconstructionMajor remodelling
Item 4 of 111789  Tower house rebuilt by James Playfair

Tower house rebuilt by James Playfair
Item 5 of 11August 1853  Date of drawings for Montrose Gate Lodge
Item 6 of 11November 1853  Drawings dated for beginning of reconstruction
Item 7 of 1118541862 Reconstruction by Bryce and estate buildings such as gatepiers in garden, North Lodge
Item 8 of 11May 1854  Date of drawings for stables
Item 9 of 111921  Fire damage
Item 10 of 11After 1921  Restoration after fire, pavilion roofs removed and interior left incomplete
Item 11 of 112009 Alteration/conversionS range re-fitted as self-contained flat


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 12William WelshMasonJ1555 Building doubled in size.
Item 2 of 12John HuttonMasonK1555 Building doubled in size.
Item 3 of 12(Sir) William Bruce ArchitectJ1698 Scheme for enlargement - with Alexander Edward
Item 4 of 12Alexander EdwardArchitectJ1698 Scheme for enlargement - as assistant to Bruce
Item 5 of 12James PlayfairArchitectH17791793Major remodelling
Item 6 of 12David BryceArchitectA18531862Reconstruction, with new stables, gatepiers in garden and North gate lodge
Item 7 of 12Andrew KiddArchitectA1854(?)1862Acted as David Bryce's Clerk of Works for new portion of the castle
Item 8 of 12James Brown NicolArchitectBAfter 1921 Restoration after fire, pavilion roofs removed and interior left incomplete
Item 9 of 12Kelly & NicolArchitectural practiceBAfter 1921 Restoration after fire
Item 10 of 12William KellyArchitectBAfter 1921 Restoration after fire
Item 11 of 12Anta F2009 S range re-fitted as self-contained flat
Item 12 of 12Lachlan StewartArchitectF2009 S range re-fitted as self-contained flat


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Carnegie, Sir David, Bart.Client for Playfair work
Item 2 of 3Carnegie, Sir James Bt, later the 7th Earl of SoutheskFor Bryce work
Item 3 of 3Southesk, 4th Earl ofClient for unexecuted scheme for enlargement


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 10Brechin guide1884Guide to Brechin   
Item 2 of 10Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 10Forfarshire Illustrated1848Forfarshire Illustrated  Edition quoted in Colvin is 1843. Page 86
Item 4 of 10Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep551-558
Item 5 of 10Gow, Ian and Rowan, Alistair1995Scottish Country Houses  Chapter by J G Dunbar entitled 'Two late 17th century designs for Kinnaird Castle'
Item 6 of 10Groome, Francis H Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-85) Edinburgh, London & Glasgow: Thomas C Jack, Grange Publishing Works 
Item 7 of 10RSA1855   601
Item 8 of 10RSA1863   349
Item 9 of 10RSA1880   458 (Diploma work)
Item 10 of 10Simpson, W Douglas A tribute offered by the University of Aberdeen to the memory of William Kelly LLD ARSA  p7

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder26 April 1856XIV p230
Item 2 of 2Builder27 May 1876XXXIV Obituary of David Bryce, listed as 'Kincaid'

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register5020North lodge
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register11508House
Item 3 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register11509Gate etc
Item 4 of 7Kinnaird Castle, Brechin, AngusKinnaird Castle Archive Accounts, specifications and drawings
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Copies of Kinnaird Castle drawings AND 37-43, 48-49, 81-82
Item 6 of 7Philips, Knox and Arthur, QS EdinburghBill of Quantities Prepared by Brown and Lawrence
Item 7 of 7Soane MuseumSoane Museum Collection Colvin is unclear as to whether they are still in this collection. 'Drawings in Soane portfolio exhintied at RA 1791'.