Basic Site Details

Name: Cluny Harbour
Town, district or village: Buckie
City or county: Banffshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 1897 Works -
Archive information - 'Tidal Waters' Buckie (Cluny) Harbour, plan and sections of proposed new harbour works, November 1897. By James Barron, engineer, Aberdeen. Parliamentary plan showing proposed extensions to East Breakwater and West Pier of Buckie Harbour. High and low water marks shown. Harbour office, railway station, lifeboat house and adjacent buildings noted. Coloured. Sheet 2 contains sections of proposed extensions. Ordnance Survey 1-inch (sheet 95) marked to show site of proposed works.

Proposed works comprised an Extension of the East Breakwater, in a westerly direction for a distance of 100 feet or thereabouts.; a New Jetty, commencing on the east side of the West Pier, in a south-easterly direction for a distance of 120 feet or thereabouts; “together with all necessary breakwaters, booms, shipping-places, landing-places, wharves, warehouses, storehouses, sheds, custom-houses, lighthouses, beacons, slipways, jetties, dolphins, floats, stages, staithes, drops, cranes, railways, sidings, tramways, and other works, machinery, and conveniences for the efficient working and use of the harbour.” [Edinburgh Gazette 16 November 1897 p1087]

1908- Extensions
Estimated cost of 1908-13 extension: £95,000.
Following the death of W T Douglass in 1913 the following were appointed:
Frederick Palmer. CIE. MICE MA. M Soc CE Westminster, London, a partner of Sir Alexander Rendell;
A W Lewis MICE 15 Victoria St. Westminster, London, chief assistant to Douglass.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31897 Proposednew jetty and extension to breakwater
Item 2 of 31908After 1913Alterations and additionsExtension (completed by others after Douglass's death in 1913)
Item 3 of 319101932Addition 


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 6David CunninghamEngineerA18731880Assisted Cay.
Item 2 of 6James BarronEngineerA18731880Assisted Cay - was resident engineer
Item 3 of 6William Dyce CayEngineerA18731880Original section to west
Item 4 of 6James BarronEngineer 1897  
Item 5 of 6William Tregarthen Douglass (erroneously spelt Douglas)Engineer 19081913extension
Item 6 of 6Charles Brand & SonsContractorC19101932Major Extensions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Cluny Trustees 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2  'Old Snippets' on Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre website (  entry for 25 September 1913 (accessed January 2010)
Item 2 of 2Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Pressp489

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Journal15 November 1913   
Item 2 of 3Builder15 August 1913  p180 - obituary of W T Douglass
Item 3 of 3Edinburgh Gazette16 November 1897  p1087

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4 Banff Sheriff Court Archives bound plans, book of reference and Gazette notice
Item 2 of 4Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent December 2009.
Item 3 of 4National Archives of ScotlandPublic Records of ScotlandRHP2996 Plans of proposed new harbour Works, Buckie (Cluny) Harbour, 1897.
Item 4 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House Plans RHP 46205