Basic Site Details

Name: Gordonstoun, house and lodge
City or county: Morayshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Drainie
Grid ref:
Notes: Country House converted into school. Lodges are C Listed. The date and authorship of the circular office-court have still to be establsihed.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 717721776Alterations and additions 
Item 2 of 71899  West Lodge and East Lodge and gatepiers at both
Item 3 of 71902 Build/constructionMichael Kirk Lodge - based on former lodge at Pluscarden
Item 4 of 71934  Conversion into school
Item 5 of 71940  Damaged in fire
Item 6 of 71957 Opened'A new 25,000 extension to Gordonstoun School was opened on October 3 by Sir Hugh Beaver...chemistry and physics laboratories, demonstration lecture rooms and other specialised facilities.' Grants to fund the extension came from the Industrial Fund and the Dulverton Trust. per Builder 18 October 1957, p701
Item 7 of 71980 Repair 


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 13John Baxter G17721776Alterations, mainly internal.
Item 2 of 13A & W Reid & Wittet B1899 East and West Lodge and gatepiers
Item 3 of 13John Wittet B1899 East and West Lodge and gatepiers
Item 4 of 13William Charles Reid B1899 East and West Lodge and gatepiers
Item 5 of 13Charles Chree Doig E1902 Michael Kirk Lodge (based on former lodge at Pluscarden). (HS wromngly attribute this to W L Carruthers)
Item 6 of 13Frederick Bayliss Nightingale A1934 Conversion to school
Item 7 of 13George Kennedy A1934 Conversion to school
Item 8 of 13Kennedy & Nightingale A1934 Conversion to school
Item 9 of 13Andrew P K Wright C1978 Repairs. Job architect after Jack Buchanan
Item 10 of 13Jack Buchanan C1978 Repairs - successed by Andrew Wright as job architect.
Item 11 of 13Law & Dunbar-Nasmith C1978 Repairs
Item 12 of 13Andrew P K Wright D1980 Repairs
Item 13 of 13Law & Dunbar-Nasmith D1980 Repairs


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Gordon, Sir Robert, BartClient for John Baxter work

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 2Gordonstoun, School house 
Item 2 of 2Gordonstoun, students' accommodation 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  pp69, 70
Item 2 of 3Brereton1968Gordonstoun, Ancient Estate and Modern School   
Item 3 of 3Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Pressp651

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder18 October 1957  p701
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalOctober 1959 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp44 Obituary of F B Nightingale

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Edinburgh City Libraries (Cowan Bequest)Baxter sale catalogue  'Plans and elevations of Grodonstoun House' in sale catalogue
Item 2 of 6Elgin Library, Local Heritage CentreWittets & Co Collection Plans for east and west lodges
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2241 
Item 4 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2217West Lodge and gatepiers
Item 5 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register2240East Lodge and gatepiers
Item 6 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 44/51