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Balhaldie House, High Street, Dunblane

A Category B Listed Building in Dunblane, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.1887 / 56°11'19"N

Longitude: -3.962 / 3°57'43"W

OS Eastings: 278336

OS Northings: 701297

OS Grid: NN783012

Mapcode National: GBR 1B.G3WV

Mapcode Global: WH4NT.3QM1

Plus Code: 9C8R52QQ+F6

Entry Name: Balhaldie House, High Street, Dunblane

Listing Name: High Street, Balhaldie House Including Gatepiers and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 363010

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26387

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunblane

County: Stirling

Town: Dunblane

Electoral Ward: Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Late 17th century with early 19th century additions and alterations. 2-storey, 6-bay, rectangular-plan, gabled house. Random rubble red sandstone with yellow ashlar quoins and margins to openings. Painted architraves and projecting cills to windows.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 6-bay, regular fenestration. Blocked window to ground floor of outer left bay; plain door with letterbox fanlight to 3rd bay from left; 2-storey advanced canted bay with piended roof to 4th bay from left; small window between outer right bay and bay to immediate left.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: regular fenestration, smaller windows to upper storey. 2-storey, advanced bay to outer left; cast-iron spiral staircase to right return, 1st floor door; hipped roof.

S (HIGH STREET) ELEVATION: gable end; regular fenestration to right, timber-panelled door to right, letterbox fanlight.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: set into bank; exposed upper storey, harled gable end with small barred window to right.

12-pane, timber-framed, sash and case windows. Grey slates, lead flashing. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Broad, coped gable end and ridge stacks, coped skews to S.

INTERIOR: timber panelled doors, plain plasterwork throughout. Central full-height stair well, cast-iron balsutrade to banister. Principal drawing room to left on 1st floor; false doors for symmetry, combed ceiling. Cobbled floor to basement.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALL: small, square-plan, chamfered piers with plinths and pyramidal caps. Stepped, high rubble wall to left of house with in-built square-headed gate, stone lintel.

Statement of Interest

Balhaldie House was the town residence of the MacGregors of Balhaldie. Through to the mid 18th century the Drummonds of Balhaldie were the most powerful family in Dunblane. The family were descendants of the Chief of the MacGregors who assumed the name Drummond when MacGregor was proscribed by Act of Parliament in the 17th century. It is believed that James Graham of Claverhouse stayed at Balhaldie when he stopped at Dunblane, to confer with the Royalist Alexander Drummond, on his march north and Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed on his way south in 1745. The Drummonds owned the estate of Cromlix to the north of Dunblane, the lands of Ramoyle, numerous properties in the town as well as the family estate of Balhaldie. The house was originally entered from Sinclair's Wynd prior to the formation of Cross Street in 1840. The 19th century addition to the east was added as an office for a local solicitor/postmaster, Mr Bain, the post having arrived along Perth Road by mail coach.

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