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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    DUNECHT HOUSE ESTATE; DUNECHT HOUSE POLICIES
  • Canmore ID
    85221
  • Site type
    COUNTRY HOUSE
  • Parish
    ECHT
  • Council
    ABERDEENSHIRE
  • NGR
    NJ 75083 07846
  • Latitude, longitude
    57.160792N, 2.413574W
  • Archeological notes
    NJ70NE 15.00 75083 07846 NJ70NE 15.01 75406 08338 Housedale and Walled Garden NJ70NE 15.02 75611 08797 and 75632 08786 North Lodge West and East NJ70NE 15.03 75478 09022 Main Gate NJ70NE 15.04 75177 07073 South Lodge NJ70NE 15.05 75332 07980 Stable Block, Flats 1 and 2 NJ70NE 15.06 75552 07857 Engineer's Cottage NJ70NE 15.07 75869 08341 Policy Lodge NJ70NE 15.08 75805 07543 Denwell Cottage NJ70NE 15.09 76129 07579 The Kennels NJ70NE 15.10 75034 09202 Estate Workshops and Sawmill NJ70NE 15.11 76251 07171 Easter Echt Lodge NJ70NE 15.12 75089 07795 and 75130 07800 South Terrace Fountains NJ70NE 15.13 c.7502 0785 Pair of Urns NJ70NE 15.14 75070 07892 Chapel NJ70NE 15.15 76750 07432 Knockquharn NJ70NE 15.16 76761 07207 Knockquharn Cottage NJ70NE 15.17 77166 07504 1-2 Knockquharn Cottages (Cotter Houses) NJ70NE 15.18 76959 08087 Knockquarn and Croft House NJ70NE 15.19 78544 08074 Tower Lodges and Gates NJ70NE 15.20 78543 08046 Boathouse NJ70NE 15.21 c.781 071 Doric Columns NJ70NE 15.22 76747 08322 Knockquharn Lodge NJ70NE 15.23 75417 08195 Dairy Farm and 1-6 Dairy Cottages (Home Farm) NJ70NE 15.24 75445 08187 Dovecot NJ70NE 15.25 75052 07873 Sphinxes NJ70NE 15.26 75177 07720 Gazebo NJ70NE 15.27 75071 09175 Estate Office and Hall NJ70NE 15.28 75126 07760 Cross-incised Stone (moved from Upper Mains) NJ70NE 15.29 75403 08367 Gardener's Cottage NJ70NE 15.30 75033 07788 and 75036 07780 Pair of Bronze Statues NJ70NE 15.31 75356 08341 Housedale, Walled Garden NJ70NE 15.32 75457 08325 Housedale, Outbuilding NJ70NE 15.33 75331 07966 Stable Block, Flat 3 NJ70NE 15.34 c. 75099 07711 Sundial For West Lodges, see NJ70NW 29 74179 08038. For Hindhill Cottages (NJ 7470 0779), Craig-na-Iaoigh (NJ 7472 0754) and Dumbreck (NJ 7466 0754), see NJ70NW 103, 104 and 105 respectively. For estate gasworks buildings at NJ7482 0833 and NJ 7490 0824, see NJ70NW 158 and 159 respectively. For (estate) village of Dunecht, see NJ70NE 24 75193 09182. For rig within the policies, see: NJ70NW 19 NJ 7423 0785 to NJ 7455 0783 Hind Hill NJ70NW 20 NJ 7472 0801 to NJ 7503 0791 Old Reservoir Wood NJ70NW 21 NJ 7484 0779 Hindhill Cottages NJ70NE 128 Centred NJ 7567 0869 Dunecht Lodge Wood NJ70NE 129 Centred NJ 7575 0856 Dunecht Lodge Wood NJ70NE 130 Centred NJ 7572 0825 Policy Lodge NJ70NE 131 Centred NJ 7564 0774 Engineer's Cottage NJ70NE 177 NJ 7538 0789 to NJ 7548 0788 Engineer's Cottage NJ70NE 178 Centred NJ 7683 0842 Knockquharn Lodge Dunecht House. Mansion house built around courtyard with an outer court to the N and a terraced garden to the S. Originally built by John Smith in 1820; Neo-Greek, two-storey, basement and attic square block with Greek Doric porch and bow, both features now removed. This was incorporated into the SE corner of a large two-storey and basement Italianate mansion built by William Smith in 1859 (S side of present court); two-storey coursed granite with bay windows and top parapet, balustraded at bays, and handsome four-storey tower. Porte-cochere at E end removed, alterations and additions to E end of Smith's house, library, new courtyard entrance tower containing staircase and chapel to form court. George Edmund Street 1877, French-Italian Romanesque. New dining room, conservatory and other additions. New windows to court in Smith building, George Bennet Mitchell, 1900. 1859 and 1877-81 additions and alterations carried out for the 25th and 26th Earls; work was suspended in 1881 after the body of the 25th Earl was stolen. The estate was advertised for sale, but not sold, in 1886. At that date the library was still not occupied, the long gallery chimney-piece not assembled, and the chapel floor incomplete. (Air photographs: AAS/90/03/S and AAS/92/01/S1/2, the latter flown 20 February 1992). (Additional bibliography and manuscript references cited). NMRS, MS/712/64.
  • Architectural notes
    NJ70NE 15.00 75083 07846 NMRS REFERENCE: Architect: G.E. Street - additions 1877-81 A. Marshall McKenzie 1922 - gateway Aston Webb - additions 1912 Walker & Duncan -1910 - cottages for workmen EXTERNAL REFERENCE: Dunecht House - Plans for chapel

Related material information

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1016887 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the W.
  • 1016885 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the SE.
  • 1016869 (1954)
    General view.
  • 1016868 (1954)
    General view.
  • 1016867 (1954)
    General view.
  • 1007944 (1900)
    View of principal entrance.
  • 1007943 (1900)
    View from SW. Shows the completed contruction of G E Street's chapel and library on the W front.
  • 1007940 (1900)
    Interior. View of 100 ft long gallery.
  • 85221 (1996)
    General view.
  • 976574 (2000)
    View of front facade of Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire.
  • 790480 (1900)
    General view, showing construction of G E Street's chapel and library by, 1887.
  • 790478 (1900)
    Interior
  • 85221 ()
    Scanned photograph of First Floor Plan, Dunecht House
  • 85221 ()
    Scanned photograph of Lower Ground Floor Plan, Dunecht House
  • 85221 ()
    Scanned photograph of Ground Floor Plans, Dunecht House

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the SE.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the SSE.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the S.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the SSW.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the SW.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the W.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the WNW.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the NW.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the NE.
  • 85221 (24/2/1999)
    Oblique aerial view of country house taken from the ENE.
  • 85221 (1975)
    Aerial view.
  • 85221 (1975)
    Aerial view.
  • 85221 (1975)
    Aerial view.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of reception room, showing a chimney piece.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of 100 ft long gallery.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of a chimney piece.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of a half tester bed.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of unusual chimney piece, all panelled, flanked by pairs of fluted pilasters, with a semi-circular fireplace and a protruding section over the hearth.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of a large and protruding chimney piece.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of a sunlit room.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Pews in the chapel.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Bottom of staircase.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Detail of a room showing various pieces of furniture, against a backdrop of damask wallpaper, encased by a panel.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. The Library looking towards the chapel.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Unidentified building on the Dunecht Estate.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Round arched double doors flanked by pairs of fluted pilasters.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of panelled room, showing a small table with a white tablecloth.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Reception room. View of a tall and narrow chimney piece.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Reception room. Close view of a large wooden chimney piece and dark rectangular tiles in the fireplace.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View through series of archways of landing, showing a section of the Raphaelesque painting, by unknown Italian artists, featured on the walls.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View of formal gardens, showing central pool of water.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Galleried landing. View of metal balustrade with surrounding open archways and Raphaelesque paintings on walls by unknown Italian artists.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Chapel, showing view of altar.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Unidentified gentleman sitting down with a drink in his hand.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Landing, showing view of metal balustrade and archways and Raphaelesque paintings, by unknown Italian artists on the walls behind.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Long gallery. View of large, pale painted chimney piece with four engaged square Ionic columns, with an ornate clock on the mantelpiece.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of corner of a reception room showing tall panelled door and an archway.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. View of 100 ft long gallery.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Long Gallery. View of large, pale painted chimney piece with four engaged square Ionic columns, hung with a painting of the Madonna.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Drawing room decorated with damask wallpaper, showing a view of a small fireplace flanked by two large chairs.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Drawing room, showing an open writing desk.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Reception room. Close view of a large wooden chimney piece and dark rectangular tiles in the fireplace.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Reception room, showing an ornate relief ceiling, wooden panelled and pilastered walls and a small table with three chairs.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Reception room. Close view of a large wooden chimney piece, with white tiles in the fireplace.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Dining room.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Reception room showing two large ferns in silver pots on short columns.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Entrance hall. Fireplace has inscription, 'Welcome'.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View of formal gardens.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View of garden.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Entrance of Chapel.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Chapel, showing the altar.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Morning room. View of Cairo screen window.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View of section of house and of drive and trees.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View of principal entrance.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Detail of house.
  • 85221 (1900)
    S front. Close view of W section.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Close view of E Section of S front.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Morning room, Cairo screen windows.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Performance with two gentlemen beside two stuffed bears.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Distant view of S front from behind trees, with only the main tower visible.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior. Section of the long gallery.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View of principal entrance.
  • 85221 (1900)
    View from SW. Shows the completed contruction of G E Street's chapel and library on the W front.
  • 85221 (1900)
    General view. Shows construction of G E Street's chapel and library by, 1887.
  • 85221 (1900)
    Interior.
  • 85221 (1986)
    General view of park.
  • 85221 (1986)
    General view of park.
  • 85221 (1985)
    View of plant nursery area.
  • 85221 (1985)
    View of plant nursery area.
  • 85221 (1910)
    Photographic copy of drawing showing plans, sections and elevations of cottages for estate workmen.
  • 85221 (1986)
    General view of house and terrace.
  • 85221 (1986)
    View from park.
  • 85221 (1986)
    View from SE.
  • 85221 (1986)
    View from park.
  • 85221 (1986)
    View from SW.
  • 85221 (1986)
    General view.
  • 85221 (1985)
    View from S.
  • 85221 (1985)
    General view from the park.
  • 85221 (1985)
    View of policy woodlands.
  • 85221 (1985)
    View from W.
  • 85221 (1985)
    General view from park.
  • 85221 (1985)
    View from N.
  • 85221 (1912)
    Photographic copy of drawing of plan of library showing proposed parquet floor.
  • 85221 (24/12/1913)
    Photographic copy of drawing of plan showing proposed terraces, entrances and garden alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Photographic copy of drawing of second floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Photographic copy of drawing of first floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Photographic copy of drawing of ground floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Photographic copy of drawing of lower ground floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (1954)
    General view.
  • 85221 (1954)
    General view.
  • 85221 (1954)
    General view.
  • 85221 (5/10/1868)
    Sketches of architectural details, windows, arches, floors, columns, mouldings, tile patterns, finials, ceilings, roofs, fleur-de-lis, arabesques, quatrefoils, tracery, doors and piers from several churches, castles and homes from across Scotland and England; notes on individual sketches and notes about various architectural concepts/concerns and materials and current projects; sketches of leaves, floor plans, gates, a coat of arms, and a driver and a horse and buggy

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1335961 (24/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of Dunecht House estate centred on Dunecht House with adjacent Dunecht Golf Course, looking to thee SSW.
  • 1335937 (24/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of Dunecht House estate centred on Dunecht House with adjacent Dunecht Golf Course, looking to thee SW.
  • 1335719 (24/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of Dunecht House, chapel and stable blocks, looking to the S.
  • 1335718 (24/5/2013)
    General oblique aerial view of Dunecht House, chapel and stable blocks, looking to the SW.
  • 1335714 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the NW.
  • 1335713 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the NNW.
  • 1335712 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the NNW.
  • 1335711 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the N.
  • 1335710 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the NNE.
  • 1335709 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the NE.
  • 1335708 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the ENE.
  • 1335707 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the ESE.
  • 1335706 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the SSE.
  • 1335705 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the SSE.
  • 1335703 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the SSW.
  • 1335701 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the SW.
  • 1335699 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House adjacent chapel, looking to the W.
  • 1335698 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the WNW.
  • 1335697 (24/5/2013)
    Oblique aerial view of Dunecht House and chapel, looking to the NW.

PRINT ROOM

  • 85221 (15/6/1886)
    Estate Exchange. Dun Echt. (Dunecht). No 1469. Sale Brochure
  • 85221 (31/7/1894)
    Estate Exchange. Dun Echt (Dunecht). No 1470. Sale brochure
  • 85221 (1891)
    Historic photograph. View of interior showing gallery.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 85221 (1999)
    Photocopies of Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service site record sheets for map sheets NJ70NW and NJ70NE, received 5 March 1999.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 85221 (1910)
    Block plan, plans, sections and elevations of cottages for estate workmen.
  • 85221 (1912)
    Plan of library showing proposed parquet floor.
  • 85221 (20/12/1913)
    Plan showing proposed terraces, entrances and garden alterations.
  • 85221 (24/12/1913)
    Plan showing proposed terraces, entrances and garden alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Second floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    First floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Ground floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (30/12/1910)
    Lower ground floor plan showing alterations.
  • 85221 (1910)
    Drainage plan.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Aberdeenshire, Sheet LXXIII1865

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Aberdeen, Sheet 073.071865
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Aberdeen, Sheet 073.071865