Sandside House

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Site Type COUNTRY HOUSE
Canmore ID 7250
Site Number NC96NE 11
NGR NC 95215 65155
Council HIGHLAND
Parish REAY
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District CAITHNESS
Former County CAITHNESS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NC96NE 11.00 95215 65155

For sculptured stones (possibly incorporated in the fabric of the house), see NC96NE 10.00.

NC96NE 11.01 NC 9514 6524 Hothouses
NC96NE 11.02 NC 9517 6525 Bothy House
NC96NE 11.03 NC 9515 6525 Cottages
NC96NE 11.04 NC 9520 6501 Policies [unlocated buildings]
NC96NE 11.05 NC 9523 6528 Home Farm [steading]
NC96NE 11.06 NC 9519 6519 Chauffeur's Cottage
NC96NE 11.07 NC 9505 6513 Fish Hatchery
NC96NE 11.08 NC 9520 6521 Garage
NC96NE 11.09 NC 9518 6517 Underkeeper's Cottage
NC96NE 11.10 Centred NC 95262 65125 SE Walled Garden
NC96NE 11.11 NC 95083 64629 Lodge; Gate Piers
NC96NE 11.12 NC 95216 65234 Kiln Barn, Byre, Cottage and Dairy [Formerly also entered as NC96NE 51].
NC96NE 11.13 NC 95238 65218 Implement Shed [Store]
NC96NE 11.14 NC 95127 65211 NE Walled Garden
NC96NE 11.15 NC 95243 65154 Privy
NC96NE 11.16 NC 95015 65200 Dovecot

(NC 9520 6515) Sandside House (NAT)
OS 6" map, (1967)

The first Lord Reay, created in 1628, built a house at Sandside, but the present building bears the date 1751, and has considerable additions made to it since then. It is a large plain square-looking family mansion of no architectural beauty, the property of the Duke of Portland The rectangular ice-house (at NC 9573 6551) is of 18th - 19th century date. R Pocock 1887; C Cordiner 1780; P Townend 1963; Name Book 1873.

An unpretentious mansion, considerably restored with many modern additions, but possibly partly 18th century.
Visited by OS (J L D) 18 April 1960.

The present owner of the building (Captain S Taylor, Sandside House) believes that part of the S end of the house pre-dates 1751, although a specific date is not known. The exterior of this early phase is masked by the later reconstructions and alterations.
Visited by OS (J B) 8 September 1981.

 
Books and References

Beaton, E (1996) Caithness: an illustrated architectural guide, RIAS/Landmark Trust series Edinburgh
Page(s): 96-7 pls. p. 97 Held at RCAHMS D.6.CAI

Cordiner, C (1780) Antiquities and scenery of the north of Scotland, in a series of letters to Thomas Pennant, Esq. London
Page(s): 91 Held at RCAHMS D.20.COR.R

Finlayson Hughes (1990) Sandside Estate, Reay, Thurso: {sale particulars}, Inverness
Held at RCAHMS D.6.13.SAN.S

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