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Architecture Notes

Event ID 873031

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Architecture Notes


Duncan Macpherson's enlargement of the house was begun in 1802 in front of the earlier house of which a substantial portion survives . See reference below from Mrs Spencer and 1998 RCAHMS survey.


Architect of late 19th century additions W.L. Carruthers of Inverness see drawings IND 129 1-4 dated 1891


Held at the National Archives of Scotland:

New House at Cluny being built for Col. Duncan MacPherson.

Plumber and gutterwork. Estimates on accounts. Gorgeous printed design for the new loo. 1805


According to transcription of Duncan Macpherson's letter to his nephew in

India (GD 80/903), dated 2nd Nov.1802, "I have, this year, commenced a

pretty large house upon the hill in front of the old burnt one. My progress

hitherto is not very great, and from the expense ... I suspect it will take

some time before it is completed ..." I also have a rather cross reply from

him to poor William Marshall, the Edinburgh supplier of lead for the house,

who had the temerity to demand £200 within a fortnight. The letter (GD

80/711) is dated 22 Nov.and though he doesn't give the year, Marshall's

letter is dated 12 Nov. 1805. Duncan finishes his letter "... when the

plumer work is finished which I cannot expect now sooner than the month of

[April crossed out] May or June, your act will be discharged" which takes it

well into 1806.

Information from Mrs Sally Spencer 2010

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