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Delgatie Castle

A Category A Listed Building in Turriff, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5442 / 57°32'39"N

Longitude: -2.4118 / 2°24'42"W

OS Eastings: 375445

OS Northings: 850532

OS Grid: NJ754505

Mapcode National: GBR N8DS.9T6

Mapcode Global: WH8MH.XMPW

Entry Name: Delgatie Castle

Listing Date: 24 November 1972

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 350149

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB16421

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Turriff

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Turriff and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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TOWER HOUSE: 1570-79, L-plan, 69' x 41' main jamb 4-storey

(ground floor has dungeon mezzanine) and attic, wing 5-storey

and cape-house. Harled, wing retains corbelled ashlar parapet

with bartizans, upper part of main jamb has crowstepped gables,

perhaps as result of late change of plan, or perhaps as result

of repairs in 1597 following damage in 1594. Interior: main jamb

has entrance passage with groin vaulted vestibule at original

entrance on E side, main part vaulted in 2 compartments, hall

in S, guard room and dungeon over in N; circular turnpike stair

centre of S side; wing vaulted in one compartment. 1st floor; rib-vaulted solar in wing, hall remodelled as ballroom c 1830,

North Drawing Room about same date; Tulip Room and Painted Room

at 2nd and 3rd in wing have painted ceilings of 1597, Tulip Room

retains beams only.

N re-entrant angle infilled at ground and 1st floors 18th

century further 2nd and 3rd floor additions 19th century,

baronial S porch and ballroom bay window c 1850, perhaps by

A & W Reid.

WINGS: semi-elliptical rusticated arches probably c 1768,

originally open, perhaps as in-and-out gates for courtyard,

now removed; extended as fanciful symmetrical gothick

composition later 18th century, 2 single-storey wings with

3 ogee-headed windows having cross finials, dining-room (also

known as 'The Chapel') W wing, kitchen in E wing; short

screen walls with buttresses, pinnacles, gablet and gothic

arch terminate composition; W screen has dummy doocot, and

is extended by further concave-gabled screen wall into which

late mediaeval tomb recess and other fragments are incorporated.

Circa 1850 dining room S frontage rebuilt as 3-window bow,

kitchen wing raised to 2-storey with battlemented parapet, and

addition built behind E screen wall, perhaps later.

Statement of Interest

Built by the Hays of Errol (Perthshire). To Peter Garden of

Troup (Banffshire) 1763.

Sold 1798 to Earl Fife and 'considerably enlarged' for his

tenant General the Hon Sir Alexander Duff.

Purchased for Mrs Grant Duff 1862, to Ainslie Douglas Ainslie

1866. Abandoned after 2nd World War, repurchased for Hays by

the Countess of Errol in 1948 and gradually restored by Captain

John Hay of Hayfield from 1951, the main work being done in

1957-59 by Leo Durnin (architectural work) and V Sozonov

(painted ceilings).

A group (items 8, 9, 9A, 10)

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