Basic Site Details

Name: Ardross Castle
Town, district or village: Alness
City or county: Ross and Cromarty
Country: Scotland
Parish: Rosskeen
Status: A Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of 1898 additions 2500 and for baths 2100.

In Macbeth's obituary 'church at Ardross Castle' with 400 sittings is listed. This may be Ardross Church (see separate entry) or a differet building on the estate.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71846  Enlargement of existing house
Item 2 of 73 September 1846 Journal referenceNew offices
Item 3 of 79 December 1846 Journal referenceAlterations and additions to mansionhouse and to offices
Item 4 of 718801881 House absorbed in new house by Alexander Ross (ie major additions)
Item 5 of 720 December 1898  East Lodge
Item 6 of 7After 1898 Alteration/conversionRenovation, altertations and additions, baths etc
Item 7 of 71909 Design exhibitedDesign for formal garden


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 11George RhindArchitect 1846 Enlargement of existing house - executed Mackenzie & Matthews designs. Also offices built and alterations to offices.
Item 2 of 11James MatthewsArchitectA1846 Designs - executed by George Rhind
Item 3 of 11Mackenzie & MatthewsArchitectural practiceA1846 Designs - executed by George Rhind
Item 4 of 11Thomas MackenzieArchitectA1846 Designs - executed by George Rhind
Item 5 of 11Alexander RossArchitect 1880 Encapsulation of old house (major additions)
Item 6 of 11Alexander RossArchitectB1898 Alterations and additions, baths and east lodge
Item 7 of 11Robert John MacbethArchitectB1898 Alterations and additions, baths and east lodge
Item 8 of 11Ross & MacbethArchitectural practiceB1898 Alterations and additions, baths and east lodge
Item 9 of 11William Wardlaw SclandersArchitectB1898 Alterations and additions, baths and east lodge - as assistant to Ross & Macbeth
Item 10 of 11Donald MacDonaldArchitectBc. 1898 Prepared plans for additions and for baths as apprentice to Ross & Macbeth (specifies plans only in Nomination paper)
Item 11 of 11Edward WhiteGarden designer 1909 New formal garden


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Matheson, Alexander 
Item 2 of 2Perrins, C W of Lea & PerrinsClient for renovation of house 1898 to 1938

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Ardross Castle, East Lodge 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp383
Item 2 of 2Royal Academy exhibitors    1909, no 1445

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Elgin Courant20 October 1854   
Item 2 of 5Inverness Advertiser20 November 1880   
Item 3 of 5Inverness Courier3 September 1846  Rhind
Item 4 of 5Inverness Courier9 December 1846  Rhind
Item 5 of 5Inverness Courier20 December 1898   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register15031 
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register15032East Lodge
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Ross: F v12 p15 (microfiche 114/B7); Robert John Macbeth: F v17 no1115; Donald MacDonald: L v22 no1718; William Wardlaw Sclanders: L v20 no1572