Basic Site Details

Name: Aldourie Castle
City or county: Inverness-shire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Dores
Status: A Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Aldourie HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 9Late 1600s Build/constructionOriginal house
Item 2 of 9Early 1700s Alterations and additions 
Item 3 of 91838 Alterations and additionsNW drawing room built
Item 4 of 91851 Alterations and additionsFirst remodelling, eastern tower addition, circular stair in the eastern re-entrant angle of the drawing room heightened to a Midmar-like form with a crenallted parapet.
Item 5 of 91861 ProposedScheme for remodelling the west end of the house, alternatice proposals for the entrance tower on the south front, the Midmar-like tower to be remodelled to a Castle Fraser like form or given a candelsnuffer roof. Scheme not carried out.
Item 6 of 9May 1861 ProposedScheme for remodelling and extending the west end of the house, circular tower remodelled to Castle Fraser form as in one of the Peddie & Kinnear schemes, scheme for reconstructing the 1838 drawing room, canted bay almost identical to Peddie & Kinnear proposal. Scheme not carried out.
Item 7 of 9c. 1863 Alterations and additionsWest end of house reconstructed using Bryce's proposal for an L-plan drawings room, but with completely different elevations. No drawings, but detials consistent with Mathews & Lawrie's work and quite unlike either Bryce or Kinnear's.
Item 8 of 91902  New dining room and scullery wing added
Item 9 of 914 March 1905  New entrance lodge

People

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 13James MatthewsArchitectA1851 First remodelling, eastern tower addition, circular stair in the eastern re-entrant angle of the drawing room heightened to a Midmar-like form with a crenallted parapet.
Item 2 of 13Mackenzie & MatthewsArchitectural practiceA1851 First remodelling, eastern tower addition, circular stair in the eastern re-entrant angle of the drawing room heightened to a Midmar-like form with a crenallted parapet.
Item 3 of 13Thomas MackenzieArchitectA1851 First remodelling, eastern tower addition, circular stair in the eastern re-entrant angle of the drawing room heightened to a Midmar-like form with a crenallted parapet.
Item 4 of 13Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectB1861 Scheme for remodelling the west end of the house, alternatice proposals for the entrance tower on the south front, the Midmar-like tower to be remodelled to a Castle Fraser like form or given a candelsnuffer roof.
Item 5 of 13John Dick PeddieArchitectB1861 Scheme for remodelling the west end of the house, alternatice proposals for the entrance tower on the south front, the Midmar-like tower to be remodelled to a Castle Fraser like form or given a candelsnuffer roof.
Item 6 of 13Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceB1861 Scheme for remodelling the west end of the house, alternatice proposals for the entrance tower on the south front, the Midmar-like tower to be remodelled to a Castle Fraser like form or given a candelsnuffer roof.
Item 7 of 13David BryceArchitectDMay 1861 Scheme for remodelling and extending the west end of the house, circular tower remodelled to Castel fraser form as in one of the Peddie & Kinnear schemes, scheme for reconstructing the 1838 drawing room, canted bay almost identical to Peddie & Kinnear proposal.
Item 8 of 13James MatthewsArchitectDc. 1863 West end of house reconstructed using Bryce's proposal for an L-plan drawings room, but with completely different elevations. No drawings, but detials consistent with Mathews & Lawrie's work and quite unlike either Bryce or Kinnear's.
Item 9 of 13Matthews & LawrieArchitectural practiceDc. 1863 West end of house reconstructed using Bryce's proposal for an L-plan drawings room, but with completely different elevations. No drawings, but details consistent with Mathews & Lawrie's work and quite unlike either Bryce or Kinnear's.
Item 10 of 13William LawrieArchitectDc. 1863 West end of house reconstructed using Bryce's proposal for an L-plan drawings room, but with completely different elevations. No drawings, but detials consistent with Mathews & Lawrie's work and quite unlike either Bryce or Kinnear's.
Item 11 of 13(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1902 New dining room and scullery wing added
Item 12 of 13Cameron & BurnettArchitectural practiceB1905 New entrance lodge
Item 13 of 13James Russell BurnettArchitectB1905 New entrance lodge

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Fraser-Tytler, A 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, WymanEntry for James Matthews
Item 2 of 6Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp144
Item 3 of 6Historic Scotland Lists     
Item 4 of 6Miers, Mary2011Aldourie Castle - A Highland Fairytale Country Life, 26 January 2011 
Item 5 of 6New Statistical Account of Scotland New Statistical Account of Scotland  xiv (1841), p373
Item 6 of 6Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p173

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Inverness Courier14 March 1905   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Mary Miers (based partly on study by Lucy Denton)Information sent to Professor David Walker Sent 2010
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register535 
Item 3 of 3In possession of Roger TempestUndated drawings