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Dalvey House

A Category B Listed Building in Forres, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6069 / 57°36'24"N

Longitude: -3.6686 / 3°40'7"W

OS Eastings: 300392

OS Northings: 858661

OS Grid: NJ003586

Mapcode National: GBR K89M.B6Y

Mapcode Global: WH5H9.M279

Entry Name: Dalvey House

Listing Date: 26 January 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333166

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2277

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dyke and Moy

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Forres

Parish: Dyke And Moy

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

Classical circa 1810. Classical mansion with extensive addition.

Peter Fulton, Forres, 1897. 2-storey over raised basement, 5-bay S facing house the centre 3 bays under open pediment, with 2-bay return elevations; 1897 extension continuous with W

return gable and of similar height with symmetrical 5-bay W

front forming overall L-plan mansion.

Tooled ashlar throughout with tooled and polished ashlar

dressings.

S FRONT: centre entrance reached by perron oversailing raised

basement. Corniced doorpiece with paired Roman Doric columns

supporting entablature decorated with bucrania and swagged

urns; radial fanlight; panelled door. Centre 1st floor

keystoned Venetian window with engaged reeded Ionic pilaster

jambs and scroll blocked cill. Moulded architraves to

flanking windows in bays 2 and 4, plain margins to

fenestration elsewhere. Outer bays delineated by giant

pilasters; 3 swagged urns surmount pediment linked at

wallhead to end dies by balustrade. 12-pane glazing; end

wallhead stacks; piended platform slate roof.

W WING: dated 1897. Symmetrical 5 bays to pedimented facade;

wide centre bay slightly advanced with angle pilasters

projecting 6-light window at basement and raised ground

floor. Keystoned attic window with dated segmental pediment;

2-pane glazing. Corniced stacks; piended platform slate roof. Substantial 2-storey porch at N with glazed 1st floor and

piended roof.

INTERIOR: raised ground floor of early house with centre

entrance hall and drawing room (R), dining room (L).

DRAWING ROOM: swagged frieze; similar decoration to corniced

overdoors, beaded panelled doors, window shutters and dados;

carved white painted chimneypiece with circa 1900 overmantel

and coloured marble slips to modern grate.

DINING ROOM: beaded panelled doors, dados and window

shutters; buffet recess flanked by reeded Corinthian

pilasters; swagged cornice with urns and bucrania; carved

chimneypiece with dark marble slips and original basket

grate.

STAIRHALL AND STAIRCASE: completely re-modelled in 1897,

though cornice survives.

SITTING-DINING ROOM IN 1897 WING: former nursery suite,

decorative plaster cornice, panelled doors and window

shutters; deep bay window, high dado in sitting area linked

to chimneypiece.

Statement of Interest

Dalvey formerly Grangehill belonging to Pluscarden Abbey.

Passed to Earl of Dunfermline at Reformation, purchased by

Mark Dunbar of Durris 1608; sold by Dunbars to Sir Alexander

Grant of Dalvey near Advie, in 1797, who changed name of

property. Sir Alexander Grant (brother of Sir Ludovic Grant

of Castle Grant and Moy) was a 'merchant prince' in London.

He lost money and Dalvey sold circa 1800 to Alexander Macleod

of Greshornish, Skye (cadet branch of Macleod of Dunvegan),

b.1756. Married Marion Macleod of Berneray,1796,

d.1822. Property in Macleod family ever since.

Large and much altered steading and farm square dated 1770.

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