Basic Site Details

Name: Gordon Castle
Town, district or village: Fochabers
City or county: Morayshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1117641767Plans drawn upDesigns for the castle
Item 2 of 1117691782ReconstructionRemodelling
Item 3 of 1117861790Alterations and additionsInformal landscape created
Item 4 of 111791 Build/constructionCastellated west lodge. Stables and coachhouse
Item 5 of 1118261840Build/constructionEast Lodge
Item 6 of 111827 Alterations and additionsAlterations and repairs to east wing after fire
Item 7 of 1119521953Destruction/demolitionMostly demolished - leaving former east wing
Item 8 of 1119601966Alterations and additionsDemolitions and restoration work
Item 9 of 111961 Destruction/demolition 
Item 10 of 1119701971Alterations and additionsAlterations including large farm court to rear.
Item 11 of 11c. 2015 RestorationRestoration of orangery


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 12John Adam C1764 Provided design - in consultation with the duke's surveyor Abraham Roumieu.
Item 2 of 12Abraham Roumieu Bc. 17641767Plans drawn up - with John Adam
Item 3 of 12John Baxter A17691782 
Item 4 of 12Thomas White A17861790Informal parklands created
Item 5 of 12John Baxter D1791 Castellated west lodge. Stables and coachhouse.
Item 6 of 12Robert Burn K18001801Lakeside House - probably by Robert Burn who was building a similar pavilion and teahouse at Cairnfield.
Item 7 of 12Archibald Simpson H18261840East lodge. Orangery.
Item 8 of 12Archibald Simpson J1827 Alterations and repairs to east wing after fire.
Item 9 of 12Walter Schomberg Hepburne Scott M19601966Demolitions and restoration work. Conversion of Baxter's stables into Home Farm.
Item 10 of 12J & W Wittet L19701971Alterations including large farm court to rear
Item 11 of 12Neil Victor Ridgley Simpson L19701971Alterations including large farm court to rear
Item 12 of 12William Wittet L19701971Alterations including laerge farm court to rear.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Gordon, 4th Duke ofClient for Baxter.
Item 2 of 2Gordon, Trustees of 4th DukeClient for Simpson work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 3Neale1818Views of Seats 1st seriesVolume 1, ser 1.
Item 3 of 3Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Presspp441, 444, 447, 625-9

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh City Libraries (Cowan Bequest)Baxter sale catalogue 'various designs for Gordon Castle ...built by Mr Baxter' in sale catalogue
Item 2 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 44/49/16Accounts among Gordon Papers.
Item 3 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House PlansRHP 1056-1071, 1072-4 
Item 4 of 4West Sussex Record OfficeArchival materialGoodwood PD, 101-5