Basic Site Details

Name: Newton House
Town, district or village: Nairn
City or county: Nairnshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Reference - check IC obituary

HS Listed building record:

Original house, now south block, circa 1800. Additions and alterations, Alexander Ross, 1874 and 1877. Further additions, Ross and Macbeth, 1896. Now forming very extensive range in Scottish Baronial style. South front: originally 2 storeys over raised basement, 3 bays with centre door approached by flight of steps oversailing raised basement and wide flanking canted single storey and basement bays, all crenellated; balustraded porch supported by 2 Roman Doric columns with 2 heraldic beasts at angles. 1896, canted bays raised by 2 storeys to form angle towers, centre raised 1 storey, original corbelled crenellation re-used. To east single storey over basement 1 bay wing; west elevation, single storey over basement 3 irregular bay wing with centre 5 light canted window flanked by lancets. Entire north facade added in Scots Baronial style, 3 storey and attic in 2 builds, of which wide western bay is the later portion. Corbelled and crenellated 2 stage tower with gargoyles; depressed arched entrance at base; corbelled angle turrets with conical bellcast roofs and finials; irregular fenestration. 3 1st floor windows with gabled heads, additional wide crowstepped gable at east; wide western bay with crenellated ground floor window. All in coursed stugged rubble with ashlar dressings. Slate roofs. Rubble screen walls to east and west with stone copes and ball finials. Modern single storey glazed extension to west. Fountain in garden; plinth with decorative cap supporting 2 basins and crowning cherub.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Inverness RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51793  Original house
Item 2 of 524 March 1874  Additions and alterations
Item 3 of 55 July 1877  Additions
Item 4 of 513 November 1896  Additions
Item 5 of 51949  Conversion to hotel
Conversion to hotel (Grant)


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 5Alexander RossArchitectB1874 Additions and alterations
Item 2 of 5Alexander RossArchitectD1877 Additions
Item 3 of 5Alexander RossArchitectE1896 Additions
Item 4 of 5Robert John MacbethArchitectE1896 Additions
Item 5 of 5Ross & MacbethArchitectural practiceE1896 Additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Finlay, Sir Robert 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp283

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Inverness Advertiser24 March 1874   
Item 2 of 3Inverness Courier5 July 1877   
Item 3 of 3Inverness Courier13 November 1896   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register38443 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Robert John Macbeth: F v17 no1115