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Macgregor Murray Mausoleum, Auchtoo

A Category B Listed Building in Balquhidder, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.3558 / 56°21'20"N

Longitude: -4.3396 / 4°20'22"W

OS Eastings: 255538

OS Northings: 720623

OS Grid: NN555206

Mapcode National: GBR 0W.3H2Z

Mapcode Global: WH3LQ.9HSX

Plus Code: 9C8Q9M46+85

Entry Name: Macgregor Murray Mausoleum, Auchtoo

Listing Name: Auchtubh, Macgregor Murray Mausoleum with Gatepiers, Gates and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 5 September 1973

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335419

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4191

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Balquhidder

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Parish: Balquhidder

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Circa 1820. 3-bay mausoleum with crowstepped gables and crypt to rear in fall of ground. Principal elevation to North with 2-leaf timber panelled door in pointed-arch architrave and 2-light cusped window above. Substantial buttresses with triangular-capped shoulders at angles and dividing bays. Blind pointed-arch windows to side elevations with uncarved shields below. Small bipartite window to S gable and timber-boarded doors to crypt. A good, and very well preserved example of an early 19th century mausoleum, occupying a relatively prominent position in the centre of Auchtubh.

Interior: arched stone recesses in tiers of 3: 3 bays along side walls and 1 bay at end wall. Some recesses plastered over and marked with memorial stones. The earliest memorial is dated 1822 and is decorated with cherub heads.

Materials: random rubble with polished ashlar dressings. Stone-slabbed roof.

Boundary Wall, Gates and Gatepiers: curved random rubble boundary wall with central entrance to N: square ashlar gatepiers with domed rubble caps; 2-leaf, spear-headed, cast-iron gates.

Statement of Interest

Built for the MacGregor Murray family, who held extensive lands in the Parish, and who built Edinchip House at about the same date (see separate list description). The date of the mausoleum is given in its previous list description and in 'Buildings of Scotland' as 1830. It is unclear where this information came from. A mausoleum is mentioned in the funeral directions for Sir John Murray (July 1822), and it seems that this mausoleum was the one that was being referred to.

The earliest memorial stone in the Mausoleum is dated 1822. The mausoleum had evidently been built for some time, as the author of the funeral directions was not sure who had key to it.

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