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Milton Brodie House

A Category A Listed Building in Alves, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6474 / 57°38'50"N

Longitude: -3.5228 / 3°31'22"W

OS Eastings: 309205

OS Northings: 862957

OS Grid: NJ092629

Mapcode National: GBR K8NH.YVT

Mapcode Global: WH5H5.V1NS

Plus Code: 9C9RJFWG+WV

Entry Name: Milton Brodie House

Listing Name: Milton Brodie House and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 25 April 1989

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333241

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2336

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alves

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Forres

Parish: Alves

Traditional County: Morayshire

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S facade of 1835-40 in style of William Robertson of
Elgin, fronting and infilling early-mid 18th century
2-storey and attic U-plan courtyard house of 2 or more
builds. Frontage rendered and lined as ashlar, harled or
harl pointed flanks and rear, tooled and polished ashlar
dressings and margins.
Mainly single storey 7-bay S front screens earlier rear
with centre door with narrow side lights; tetrastyle
Ionic porch with monolith columns; long paired flanking
windows (lighting drawing room left and dining room
right); outer bays (formerly gable ends of flanking
wings of earlier house) with slightly advanced 2-storey
pedimented window sections rising above wallhead with
anthemion acroteria, supported by ornate scroll
brackets; shallow aprons to corniced ground floor
windows in moulded lugged surrounds; paired stacks
crown pediments. End bays linked by continuous cornice
and blocking course.
W elevation comprises 2 x 2-storey and attic, 3-bay
blocks, that to SW dating from late 18th century (with
centre door) and at NW dated 1900, both blocks linked
by set-back W gable of original 2-storey and attic
house, forming small U-plan court.
Irregular rear with projecting gabled stairwell.
Lying-pane glazing in S front (partially blind windows
in outer bays); 12-pane glazing elsewhere. Paired square
ashlar end and ridge stacks in front, various coped end
stacks elsewhere; early 18th century cavetto skewputts
on earliest portion of house; slate roofs.
INTERIOR: wide entrance hall with drawing room left and
dining room right (all 1835-40).
DRAWING ROOM: tall double doors with corniced overdoor;
carved wooden chimneypiece with marble slips; decorative
plaster ceiling cornice with anthemion design.
DINING ROOM: similar paired doors as drawing room; Ionic
columned screen; simple ceiling cornice; white painted
chimneypiece with marble slips.
18th century fielded panelled doors and window shutters
survive in older part of house which has low ceilinged
GATEPIERS: 2 pairs of mid 18th century gatepiers,
flanking E and S entrances. Square, polished ashlar with
shaped caps and ball finials on attenuated bases.

Statement of Interest

Milton Brodie House built on old site, part of lands of

Kinloss Abbey. During 18th century it was called

Windyhills, also the name of a property in Grange

Parish, which was itself the Grange of Kinloss. James

Brodie of Windyhills died in 1741, leaving the estate to

his relation, George Brodie whose father had sold his

estate of Milton (now Miltonduff) to the Duffs of Braco;

the Brodies re-named Windyhills Milton Brodie. In 1798

the house was 'not modern (but) indicating neat internal

accommodation'; by 1842 it had 'lately received

considerable additions and improvements'.

Walled garden and gazebo no longer belong to house; the

gazebo is listed separately. The walled garden is not

included in listing.

Small gutted cottage, sited to N of mansion and known as

'The Penitentiary' incorporates late 17th or 18th

century fabric, remodelled in 19th century. Skewputt has

very worn date, possibly 1691. Not included in listing.

Lectern dovecot dated 1769 which formerly belonged to

house demolished during 1960's.

Change of Category B to A, 25.4.89.

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