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View of internal court from SE

E 2513 CN

Description View of internal court from SE

Date 5/2/2001

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number E 2513 CN

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 765972

Scope and Content Internal court from south-east, Round Square, Gordonstoun House, Moray This shows part of the internal court of the rubble-built 'round square'. The flat glass roof lights in the central blocks were a mid-20th-century alteration designed to allow more light into the building. The 'round square' buildings would have originally contained barns, stables and accommodation for people who worked on the estate. The 'round square' was built by Sir Robert Gordon, 3rd baronet, in the late 17th century as the steading for his home farm, or, as legend has it, as a shelter for when the devil came for his soul. Sir Robert apparently sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. When the school was instituted the building was converted into the library, classrooms, staff and pupil accommodation. Gordonstoun was probably built in the 16th century as a tall and thin rectangular tower. The first Marquis of Huntly added flanking wings in 1616 and the building was altered in 1730. The Classical front was added in 1775 and further alterations were made during the 19th century. Dr Kurt Hahn converted the house to Gordonstoun School in 1934. The building was extensively repaired in 1945 after a fire. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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