Duff House, Fishing Temple

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Alternative Names Duff House Estate; Duff House Policies; River Deveron
Canmore ID 132282
Site Number NJ66SE 8.01
NGR NJ 69065 62848
Parish BANFF
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District BANFF AND BUCHAN
Former County BANFFSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

NJ66SE 8.01 69065 62848

William Adam c.1743
Was situated on an island in the River Deveron.
(Undated) information in NMRS.

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Archaeological Notes

28 October 2010

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Notes 2-stage, round fishing temple, on island in River Deveron to E of Duff House, currently roofless and overgrown (1990). Polished ashlar with raised and moulded architraves, lugged door surrounds, base course, band course, moulded cornice. Horseshoe stair with moulded treads and simple wrought-iron balustrade, to doorway of principal upper stage, in advanced pedimented bay; doorway below at ground under steps. Further advanced pedimented bay opposite blank. 4 tall windows to principal stage, smaller windows below. 2 basket-arched fireplaces inside, that to upper stage with finely roll-moulded arrises. Moulded, corniced ashlar stack, with clasping vase-shaped flues.

The Fishing Temple, domed and surmounted by a gilded figure of Fame, is illustrated in the above portrait of Lady Braco by Mosman. William Adam's Accounts to Lord Braco (in evidence for the Braco case) refer to plans for this Temple, built on an island in the River Deveron, as well as the Temple on Doun Hill (listed separately in Macduff Burgh), and designs for a Mausoleum (which was not built, but may be the structure illustrated in a portrait of William Duff, Lord Braco by William Mosman in 1741; see Holloway). Tait has sited this temple incorrectly on the Hill of Bauchlaw to the SW of Duff House, and suggests that it was designed by William Bowie; the above evidence suggests otherwise. The plans quoted, thought to be by Bowie, SRO RHP31, 394, are therefore probably not for the Duff House Estate, as catalogued. (Historic Scotland)

BARR website http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/915767

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Books and References

McKean, C (1990a) Banff and Buchan: an illustrated architectural guide, Edinburgh
Page(s): 36 Held at RCAHMS D.5.BAN

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