Basic Site Details

Name: Aberlour House
Town, district or village: Aberlour
City or county: Banffshire
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A Listed
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Notes: West Lodge is A Listed; walled garden is B listed. The reference in Aberdeen Journal of 1838 also mentions a 60 foot Tuscan column. Now used as a school.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Aberlour House Preparatory School  
Item 2 of 3Aberlour House, the Junior School, GordonstounYes 
Item 3 of 3Gordonstoun Preparatory School  

Building Type Classification

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

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 101838 Build/constructionOriginal building and square of offices
Item 2 of 101838  East Lodge
Item 3 of 101856  West Lodge
Item 4 of 1018571858AdditionPorte cochere added. North gate to walled garden
Item 5 of 101876  Restoration and additions
Item 6 of 101880s  Main house, stables, and lodge and alterations to main house
Item 7 of 1018851886Alterations and additionsAlterations including terrace in front of house
Item 8 of 101893  Alterations to drawing room, remodelling of dining room as library and other internal alterations (new plasterwork etc), wrought iron gates and entrance to walled garden
Item 9 of 101939  Alterations
Item 10 of 1020062010Restoration 

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 21William RobertsonArchitect 1838 Original house, square of offices and east lodge and probably walled garden
Item 2 of 21A & W ReidArchitectural practiceF18551860Alterations and entrance (HS- probably)
Item 3 of 21Alexander ReidArchitectF18551860Alterations and entrance (HS- probably)
Item 4 of 21William ReidArchitectF18551860Alterations and entrance (HS -probably)
Item 5 of 21A & W ReidArchitectural practiceE1856 West Lodge
Item 6 of 21Alexander ReidArchitectE1856 West Lodge
Item 7 of 21William ReidArchitectE1856 West Lodge
Item 8 of 21A & W ReidArchitectural practiceC18571858Porte cochere added 1857. North gate to walled garden 1858.
Item 9 of 21Alexander ReidArchitectC1857 Porte cochere added 1857. North gate to walled garden 1858.
Item 10 of 21William ReidArchitectC1857 Porte cochere added 1857. North gate to walled garden 1858.
Item 11 of 21Alexander RossArchitectD1876 Restoration and additions
Item 12 of 21Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectA1880s Lodge and alterations to main house
Item 13 of 21George WilsonArchitectA1880s Lodge and alterations to main house
Item 14 of 21Sydney Mitchell & WilsonArchitectural practiceA1880s Lodge and alterations to main house
Item 15 of 21Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectD18851886Alterations including terrace in front of house
Item 16 of 21John Dick PeddieArchitectD18851886Alterations including terrace in front of house
Item 17 of 21Kinnear & PeddieArchitectural practiceD18851886Alterations including terrace in front of house
Item 18 of 21(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1893 Alterations to drawing room, remodelling of dining room as library and other internal alterations (new plasterwork etc), wrought iron gates and entrance to walled garden
Item 19 of 21Alexander BlackArchitect October 1917November 1918Unspecified estate works
Item 20 of 21Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitectB1939 Alterations
Item 21 of 21Ashley Bartlam PartnershipArchitectural practiceK20062010Restoration

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 4Findlay, James RitchieLorimer work
Item 2 of 4Findlay, Sir EdmundAlterations in 1939
Item 3 of 4Grant, AlexanderClient for 1830s work
Item 4 of 4Walker's ShortbreadClienht for restoration 2006-2010

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 2Aberlour House, column 
Item 2 of 2Aberlour House, stables 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Beaton, Elizabeth1984William Robertson 1786-1841, Architect in Elgin   
Item 2 of 8Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 8McKean, Charles1987The district of Moray: an illustrated architectural guide RIASp160
Item 4 of 8Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydp51
Item 5 of 8RSA1893   509
Item 6 of 8Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p171
Item 7 of 8Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Presspp445, 447, 448, 507-9
Item 8 of 8Watson, J & W1868Morayshire described Elginpp46-47

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Aberdeen Journal28 November 1838   
Item 2 of 6Elgin Courant31 October 1838   
Item 3 of 6Elgin Courier10 October 1856   
Item 4 of 6Elgin Courier17 October 1856   
Item 5 of 6Elgin Courier24 October 1856   
Item 6 of 6Inverness Courier30 March 1876   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 10 Dick Peddie & McKay Catalogue, 1979  
Item 2 of 10Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2349House and terrace
Item 3 of 10Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2354Walled garden
Item 4 of 10Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2353West Lodge
Item 5 of 10Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2352East Lodge
Item 6 of 10Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2354Walled garden
Item 7 of 10Moray District Record OfficeMoray Archives DAW P 2001
Item 8 of 10National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR A/2
Item 9 of 10National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW 1880/23/1-3, SMW 1880/24/1, SMW1880/25/1
Item 10 of 10RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Black: L no3674 (box 15)