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Duff House, Fishing Temple

A Category A Listed Building in Banff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6545 / 57°39'16"N

Longitude: -2.52 / 2°31'12"W

OS Eastings: 369065

OS Northings: 862848

OS Grid: NJ690628

Mapcode National: GBR N84H.88P

Mapcode Global: WH8LW.8V7W

Entry Name: Duff House, Fishing Temple

Listing Date: 4 March 1994

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333858

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2885

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alvah

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

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Description

William Adam, circa 1741. 2-stage, round fishing temple, on island in River Deveron to E of Duff House, currently roofless and overgrown (1990). Polished ashlar with raised and moulded architraves, lugged door surrounds, base course, band course, moulded cornice. Horseshoe stair with moulded treads and simple wrought-iron balustrade, to doorway of principal upper stage, in advanced pedimented bay; doorway below at ground under steps. Further advanced pedimented bay opposite blank. 4 tall windows to principal stage, smaller windows below.

2 basket-arched fireplaces inside, that to upper stage with finely

roll-moulded arrises. Moulded, corniced ashlar stack, with clasping vase-shaped flues.

Statement of Interest

The Fishing Temple, domed and surmounted by a gilded figure of Fame, is illustrated in the above portrait of Lady Braco by Mosman. William Adam's Accounts to Lord Braco (in evidence for the Braco case) refer to plans for this Temple, built on an island in the River Deveron, as well as the Temple on Doun Hill (listed separately in Macduff Burgh), and

designs for a Mausoleum (which was not built, but may be the structure illustrated in a portrait of William Duff, Lord Braco by William Mosman in 1741; see Holloway). Tait has sited this temple incorrectly on the Hill of Bauchlaw to the SW of Duff House, and suggests that it was designed by William Bowie; the above evidence suggests otherwise. The plans quoted, thought to be by Bowie, SRO RHP31, 394, are therefore probably not for the Duff House Estate, as catalogued. Upgraded from category B to A on 30.3.2004.

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