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Balbithan House

Country House (17th Century)

Site Name Balbithan House

Classification Country House (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) New Place Of Balbithan; Old Balbthan; Balbythan House

Canmore ID 19508

Site Number NJ81NW 7

NGR NJ 81214 18877

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Keithhall And Kinkell
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Balbithan House, 17th century. Extensive three-storey, harled, L-plan house with corbelled stair-tower in angle and turrets at corners. Owned by the Chalmers family until 1690, the south wing and the stair-tower are a good deal older than the rest. Important garden re-created by Mrs Mary McMurtrie.

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

Archaeology Notes

NJ81NW 7.00 81214 18877

NJ81NW 7.01 8109 1882 Home Farm

Balbithan House (NAT)

OS 6" map (1928)

(NJ 8121 1888) Balbithan (NR)

OS 6" map (1870)

Balbythan House is a mansion of the latter half of the 17th century. It is an example of the greatest development of the L-plan but has been greatly modernised.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887

The mansion house, which is inhabited, is in good condition and is as described by above.

Visited by OS (RD) 19 March 1964.

Architecture Notes


Owner: Mrs Mc Murtrie

Visited: CMcW 1954

DateL 17c


Photographic Survey (April 1954)

Photographic survey of Balbithan House, Aberdeenshire, by the Ministry of Works in April 1954.

Photographic Survey (April 1955)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1954.

Photographic Survey (September 1960)

Photographic survey of Balbithan House, Aberdeenshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in September 1960.

Watching Brief (25 April 2022 - 26 April 2022)

NJ 81205 18878 A watching brief was carried out over groundbreaking works on 25–26 April 2022 during the trenching for installation of a PV system. No archaeological features or finds were identified.

Archive: NRHE (intended) Funder: Private individual

Moyra Simon – Cameron Archaeology


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