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A Category A Listed Building in Fochabers Lhanbryde, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6304 / 57°37'49"N

Longitude: -3.2035 / 3°12'12"W

OS Eastings: 328226

OS Northings: 860686

OS Grid: NJ282606

Mapcode National: GBR L8GK.77D

Mapcode Global: WH6JG.RGPT

Plus Code: 9C9RJQJW+5H

Entry Name: Pittensair

Listing Name: Pittensair

Listing Date: 31 May 1974

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 349491

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB15803

Building Class: Cultural

Location: St Andrews-Lhanbryd

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Fochabers Lhanbryde

Parish: St Andrews-Lhanbryd

Traditional County: Morayshire

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James Ogilvie, master mason, dated 1735. N facing 2-storey,

3-bay house. Harled rubble, ashlar dressings. Later

additions at E gable and S elevation.

Centre door in N front masked by later gabled wooden

porch. Moulded surround to doorway; also to all front

windows, which have been widened in ground and 1st

floor outer bays.

Symmetrical rear fenestration; small ground window each

side of centre door (blocked at W) and in centre 1st floor,

all narrow with plain chamfered jambs. Single ground floor

and long 1st floor window in W gable; 8- and 12-pane glazing.

Oval oculus in W gable to light loft with 'James Olgilvie'

carved above and 'Marjory Steuart' below.

Moulded corniced copes to end stacks, with narrow pulvinated stringcourse below cornice and small ledge at inner face,

with moulded underside. Shaped skewputts, that at NW

dated; flat skews continuously moulded on underside and

splayed at base to follow line of bellcast roof; graded

Banffshire slate roof with stone ridge.

Later single storey rubble extension at rear, masking

rear centre entrance; single storey, 3-bay cottage (now

gutted) at E gable; moulded architraves to centre door.

End stacks and corrugated iron roofs to both.

INTERIOR: small circular cantilevered staircase with moulded

underside, polished wood balustrade and slender wooden

balusters; original moulded chimneypieces in W ground and

1st floor rooms; simple moulded ceiling cornices; 'stake'

and hris' (wattle, clay and straw) party wall in loft.

Statement of Interest

James Ogilvie was a master mason and it can be assumed

that he was architect-builder of his own dwelling in which,

in minature, he includes details from the greater mansions

on which he worked. The moulding on the underside of the

staircase is similar to that at Gordonstoun House,

re-modelled 1730, on which he may well have worked. James

Ogilvie was 'Architect and Undertaker' for Speymouth church,

he and the minister having 'contrived' the plan between

them in 1732-3.

Unusual detailing to end stacks, the ledges probably

assisting the cleaning of the chimneys besides throwing

rainwater away from the ridge.

Upgraded B to A, 24.3.88

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