Fasque House

Country House (19th Century)

Site Name Fasque House

Classification Country House (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Fasque House Estate; Fasque House Policies

Canmore ID 36103

Site Number NO67NW 5

NGR NO 64830 75525

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Ordnance Survey licence number 100020548. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Fettercairn
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Kincardineshire

Archaeology Notes

NO67NW 5.00 64830 75525

NO67NW 5.01 NO 6483 7516 Walled garden

NO67NW 5.02 NO 64682 75767 Stable Block

NO67NW 5.03 NO 6464 7590 Farmstead (Home Farm)

NO67NW 5.04 NO 6417 7541 Lodge( North Lodge

NO67NW 5.05 NO 6475 7552 Country House (Old House of Fasque)

NO67NW 5.06 NO 64833 75081 Cottage (Garden House)

NO67NW 5.07 NO 64391 75153 Folly

NO67NW 5.08 NO 64739 75891 Bothy; Cottage

NO67NW 5.09 NO 64567 74655 Lake (Ornamental lake)

Other associated sites

NO67NE 26 NO 65020 75549 Church (St Andrew's Episcopal Church)

NO67NE 55 NO 6516 7517 Cottage (Avenue Cottage)

NO67NE 56 NO 6538 7529 Farmstead (Old Mains)

NO67SW 32 NO 6432 7437 Lodge (West Lodge)

NO67SE 11 NO 65291 74744 Manse (Fasque Parsonage)

NO67SE 44 NO 6514 7431 Lodge (South Lodge)

NO67SE 45 NO 6531 7478 Farmstead (Mains of Fasque)

Air photographs: AAS/94/08/G18/12-15.

NMRS, MS/712/21.

Architecture Notes

NO67NW 5.00 64830 75525

NMRS REFERENCE:

Fasque House.

Owner: Sir A.C. Gladstone of Fasque.

Architect: Walker and Duncan 1936/37 - prop. renovations.

NMRS Plans:

F.A.M. MacDonald collection.

Walker and Duncan 1936/37 - 2 sheets plans of prop. renovations.

EXTERNAL REFERENCE:

Scottish Record Office.

Painting of the house. Thomas Fenwick in a letter says it will make a good picture.

1845 GD88/1/98.

Fasque House is situated in SW Kincardineshire, about 1.75miles NNW of the village of Fettercairn, between Crichie Burn and Craigmoston Burn. The present mansion house replaces a much smaller 18th century house known as 'Faskie'. Fasque was built in 1808-9 at a cost of approximately £30,000 by Sir Thomas Ramsay of Balmain. The large castellated mansion sits in a prominent position within beautiful and extensive grounds. The house is approached by a long drive lined with mature trees, dating from an earlier planting scheme of the 1730s. The Fasque estate was purchased from the Ramsays by the Liverpool merchant, Mr John Gladstone (latterly Sir John Gladstone), in 1828. Soon after its purchase he added the stone portico and additional storey to the central octagonal tower. The central canted bay is flanked by two symmetrical wings with angled turrets. Internally, the most notable feature is the central hall stair which is an elegant, sweeping cantilevered structure lit by a large etched glass stair light and cupola. The house and its contents from the time of its ocupation by the Gladstone family has been immaculately well preserved. At the time of writing many of the rooms such as the study, Gladstone's library and the old kitchen, pantry, still room and laundry were laid out to present a unique insight into the daily life of a large Victorian mansion house (until recently the house was open to the public for this purpose). The extensive policies include the St Andrew's Episcopal Church, built by Sir John in 1871, a commodious home farm, stables, walled gardens and associated lodges and garden cottages. Visited by RCAHMS (DRE & EAL) September 2007.

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