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Kirkton of Deskford, the Muckle Hoose

A Category B Listed Building in Keith and Cullen, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6423 / 57°38'32"N

Longitude: -2.8245 / 2°49'28"W

OS Eastings: 350879

OS Northings: 861676

OS Grid: NJ508616

Mapcode National: GBR M8DJ.6V6

Mapcode Global: WH7KS.L57N

Entry Name: Kirkton of Deskford, the Muckle Hoose

Listing Date: 22 February 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333092

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2210

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Deskford

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Keith and Cullen

Parish: Deskford

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

Probably early 18th century and possibly incorporating
earlier work. 2-storey, W facing 5-bay house; regular 4
window fenestration with off centre door in penultimate
bay from S. Small windows with chamfered margins (now harled
over). Irregular rear fenestration and off-centre entrance
masked by modern lean-to porch; 4-pane glazing. End and
ridge stacks; slate roof.

Statement of Interest

In 1790 the 'Tower of Deskford' was reported that it

appeared 'to have been a pretty spacious sort of building'

and to have been constructed by the Sinclair family who preceded

the Ogilvie's as Lords of Deskford. It is illustrated

in Charles Cordiner's REMARKABLE RUINS AND ROMANTIC

PROSPECTS (1788). Some fragments of the vaulted ground

floor of this tower survive in the garden of the Muckle

Hoose; the house itself may possibly have been portion of

later addition to this tower.

Scheduled Monument.

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