Basic Site Details

Name: Cambus O'May House with stables, kennels and walled garden
Town, district or village: Glenmuick
City or county: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
Status: C listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Here, on the hill, or some distance up, our architect (George Truefitt) is putting up a capital house for Mr H L Gaskell, - dining room, drawing room, library, billiard-room, and lots of bedrooms. There will be three gables in front, towards the road, the centre one stepped, and below it a large bay window and verandah around it. [Aberdeen Journal/Builder 19 September 1874 p791-792]

The cllient was Henry Lomax Gaskell (1813-1889) of Kiddington Hall, Woodstock, Oxfordshire; 9 Lowndes Square, London and Cambus O’May, Aboyne, Scotland. [London Gazette 24 January 1890 p441]. He married Alice Brooks, daughter of Samuel Brooks of Whalley Range, Manchester and sister of Sir William Cunliffe Brooks who died 27 December 1872, aged 50. This family connection would explain George Truefitt’s involvement in this scheme

Other sources have suggested that the house was built for Sir William Cunliffe Brooks as a present for his daughter Amy who married Charles Gordon, 11th Marquis of Huntly in 1869, but, in light of the above, this would seem unlikely as would the involvememt of Thomas Mawson in the garden design.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Hotel  
Item 2 of 2Country House  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11874 Build/construction 


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 1George TruefittArchitectA1874 HS attribution


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Henry Lomax GaskellBother in law of Sir William Cunliffe Brooks


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
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Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder19 September 1874  pp791-792 Reprinted from the Aberdeen Journal

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register50730