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Country House (Period Unassigned), Hall House (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Corsindae

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned), Hall House (Medieval), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Corsindae House Policies; Midmar

Canmore ID 18002

Site Number NJ60NE 4

NGR NJ 68541 08795

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Midmar
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

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Corsindae House, (?)1484; recast 16th century. Vivid, grandiloquent house harled for unity. Began, apparently, as three-storey, L-plan tower with circular stair-tower in re-entrant; plain two-storey-and-basement, three-window wing added

on west in early 18th century; back wing with squared stone bow, c.1800, when circular tower heightened. Major reconstruction, 1840, John Smith, when old house was doubled to form an approximately symmetrical U-plan court with

centre gable. Porch and dramatic quoins added to west wing shortly after this.

Taken from "Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Ian Shepherd, 2006. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NJ60NE 4.00 68541 08795

NJ60NE 4.01 NJ 68603 08814 Sundial

NJ60NE 4.02 NJ 6868 0913 Mains of Corsindae

NJ60NE 4.03 NJ 6865 0875 Corsindae Farm Cottage

NJ60NE 4.04 NJ 6862 0870 Corsindae Home Farm

NJ60NE 4.05 NJ 6856 0865 Corsindae Cottage

NJ60NE 4.06 NJ 6832 0777 Gate Lodge

NJ60NE 4.07 NJ 6861 0894 Ice-house

NJ60NE 4.08 NJ 68606 08734 Dovecot

NJ60NE 4.09 NJ 68600 08809 Walled garden

(NJ 6854 0880) Corsindae is a 16th-19th century mansion. Photographs have been deposited in the National Monuments Record, Edinburgh (Cruft 1960).

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; C H Cruft 1960.

The nucleus of Corsindae appears to be a sixteenth century L-plan hall-house. The first addition, a plain gabled edifice, was made on the W side, probably by Lord Braco in 1726. The building was further extended towards the end of the 18th century and again early in the 19th century.

W D Simpson 1960; N Tranter 1962-70.

Corsindae is as described above. The original L shaped tower-house has been dated from documents at c. 1580 (information from Major Fyffe, [owner]).

Visited by OS (AA) 19 February 1968.

Late 17th cent? sundial: table-dial capital on late shaft.

Smith accounts at house.

NMRS, MS/712/55.


Photographic Survey (October 1961)

Photographic survey of the exterior and interior of Corsindae House, Aberdeenshire in 1961 by the Ministry of Works/Scottish National Buildings Record.


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