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Durris House

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

Site Name Durris House

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

Canmore ID 36633

Site Number NO79NE 19

NGR NO 79811 96856

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO79NE 19.00 79811 96856

NO79NE 19.01 79965 96823 Stables

NO79NE 19.02 79894 96430 Foresters Cottage (Nursery Cottage)

NO89NW 59 80239 97382 East Lodge

(NO 798 968) Durris House, to which a larger mansion has been attached in later times, probably represents portions of a large courtyard-type castle of an earlier date, much of the vaulted basement foundations of which survive below present ground level.

The tower was L-planned but the re-entrant angle has been filled in with later work, probably in the 17th century, and the roof level altered. The two doors in the present S gable are modern, the original entrance now being internal, in the foot of the stair wing. Much modern work has been added to the N and E but opposite the old tower at the eastern extremity, there is a tall squared building which might represent at least the base of a former courtyard flanking-tower. It has another vaulted basement from which other vaults extend below the present modern house.

N Tranter 1962-70.


Scottish Castle Survey 1988; N Bogdan and I B D Bryce 1991.

Architecture Notes

NO79NE 19.00 79811 96856


Durris House.

Architect: Archibald Simpson. 1824 additions.


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