Castle Forbes

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Alternative Names Putachie; Church Of Keig; Bridge Of Keig; Castle Forbes Policies
Site Type COUNTRY HOUSE
Canmore ID 76635
Site Number NJ61NW 11
NGR NJ 62148 19130
Council ABERDEENSHIRE
Parish KEIG
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District GORDON
Former County ABERDEENSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Castle Forbes, 1815-21, Archibald Simpson, completed John Smith. Originally called Putachie; an impression of going through the motions pervades this large baronial block. Smith took over after trouble over the north staircase. In squared granite with simple detail, it is dominated by a four-storey circular battlemented tower at the south-west angle.

Taken from "Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Ian Shepherd, 2006. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk


Architectural Notes

NMRS REFERENCE:


ARCHITECTS: Archibald Simpson 1815
John Smith 1817 - (finished Simpsons building with additions)
John Paterson 1807 & 1811 - designs for a new house


CASTLE FORBES DRAWINGS
NMr Photographic survey of drawings at Castle Forbes nicluding: a portfolio of designs for Castle Forbes (Putachie Castle) by John Paterson, 1807; designs for a new house at Putachie by John Paterson, 1811; designs for Castle Forbes by Archibald Simpson 1813-1815; desgins for a castellated lodge by John Smith c. 1834; a design for the policies mid 18th century and designs for estate buildings.
Copied 1974 Inventory 54



EXTERNAL REFERENCE:

Scottish Record Office

Accounts, estimates and letters followed by papers concerning the arbitration between Lord Forbes and Archibald Simpson, Architect in Aberdeen.

1814-1822 GD 52/349

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Archaeological Notes

NJ61NW 11.00 62148 19130

NJ61NW 11.01 62217 19146 Game larder
NJ61NW 11.02 6228 1914 walled garden; sundial
NJ61NW 11.03 6202 1935 Home Farm
NJ61NW 11.04 6244 1993 Woodston Cottage and poorhouse
NJ61NW 11.05 6240 1982 Pond Cottages
NJ61NW 11.06 6253 1984 Pond Croft
NJ61NW 11.07 6199 1953 Putachie Cottage
NJ61NW 11.08 6273 1878 Craigpot suspension footbridge

See also:
NJ61NW 41 NJ 6270 1874 (associated) sawmill and electricity generator
NJ61NW 46 NJ 6238 1761 New Farm (steading)
NJ61NW 54 NJ 6234 1539 Pitoothies (steading)
NJ61NW 58 NJ 6264 1622 Cattie (steading)
NJ61NW 76 NJ 6352 1880 Craigpot (croft)
NJ61NW 77 NJ 6313 1883 Craigpot (cottage)
NJ61NW 78 NJ 6277 1875 Craigpot Cottage
NJ61NW 79 centred NJ 6181 1982 Cothiemiuir Hill rig
NJ61NW 80 NJ 6182 1946 to NJ 6198 1951 Putachie Cottage rig
NJ61NW 81 NJ 6208 1956 to NJ 6236 1967 Putachie Cottage rig
NJ61NW 82 NJ 6229 1955 to NJ 6238 1931 Castle Forbes, Home Farm rig
NJ61NW 125.00 centred NJ 6148 1614 Harthill steading
NJ61NW 125.01 NJ 6155 1610 Harthill Dairy Cottage
NJ61NW 125.02 NJ 6155 1625 Harthill, Balforbes (cottage)

For saddle quern beside the front door of the house, see NJ61NW 133.

Visible on air photographs AAS/93/G28/4-7. Copies held by Grampian Regional Council.
Information from Mrs M Greig, Grampian Regional Council, March 1994.

Mansion, built on site of earlier house named Putachie, the Forbes seat being originally at Druminnor [NJ52NW 14.00]. Baronial mansion of Tudorish design with round arches; 4-storey; circular SW angle-tower; crenellated; simple classical interior with distinctive detail and joinery; square S staircase with coffered cove and dome; elliptical N staircase. Walled garden with sundial, square baluster with undated copper dial.
Architects: Archibald Simpson, then John Smith.
[Air photographic imagery and newspaper reference cited].
NMRS, MS/712/35.

 
Books and References

Anon (1838) Guide pittoresque du voyageur en Ecosse: orne de 120 vues, representant les principaux edifices, les curiosites naturelles, les chateaux remarquables, et tous les lieux cites par Walter Scott..., In French Paris
Held at RCAHMS D.20.GUI.R

Bogdan and Bryce, N and I B D (1991) 'Castles, manors and 'town houses' survey', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 29

Scottish Castle Survey (1988) 'A directory of the owners and occupiers of the castles, manors and 'town houses' {c.1050-c.1707} of Scotland: Grampian Region', Aberdeen
Page(s): 30, no.57/2 Held at RCAHMS B.2.1.CAS

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