Hatton Castle, Aberdeenshire

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Hatton Castle

Hatton Castle is almost three miles (4.8 km) south-east of Turriff, Aberdeenshire in the north-east of Scotland. Formerly known as Balquholly Castle, sometimes spelt as Balquollie, it was renamed in 1814. The 17,994 square feet (1,671.7 m2) mansion was designated a category A listed building in 1972; the gardens are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.

History[edit]

In the early 14th century Robert the Bruce granted the lands, then known as Loscraigie, to Patrick de Monte Alto.[1] Mowat is the anglicisation of de Monte Alto.[2] The Balquholly name was adopted some time before the 16th century.[3] Records indicate there was a castle (spelt Balquholy) on the lands in the early 1500s, but it is likely it may have an earlier date.[4] Purchased by Alexander Duff of Hatton in 1709 – although the contracts were not finalised until 1729[4] – ownership has remained with members of the family into the 21st century.[5]

Mansion house[edit]

Construction of the present castellated mansion began in 1812 and was completed by 1814;[6] it was at this time the name was changed to Hatton Castle.[7] It has a round tower at each corner and incorporates sections of the ancient building.[7][a] The stone-built mansion has three storeys plus a basement and an attic.[5] A wine cellar and gun room are in the basement.[5] The ground floor hall has a glass cupola set above a stone staircase that provides access to the first floor.[5] There are two bedrooms on the first floor and seven on the second floor;[5] the attic contains four additional bedrooms, a bathroom and storage space.[5]

The mansion was designated a category A listed building by Historic Scotland on 28 November 1972.[8] The gardens are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland and assessed under the historical and architectural sections as outstanding.[4]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ McKean quotes "Hatton embraces a substantial part of the ancient house and strong castle of Balquollie"; other reports vary.

Citations

  1. ^ Baptie (2000), p. 1
  2. ^ Groat (1831), p. 18
  3. ^ Baptie (2000), p. 2
  4. ^ a b c Historic Environment Scotland, "Hatton Castle (GDL00399)", retrieved 28 March 2019}
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Hatton Castle, Aberdeenshire" (PDF), Savills, archived from the original on 11 October 2015, retrieved 11 October 2015
  6. ^ "Hatton Castle, ID:19139", RCAHMS, archived from the original on 11 October 2015, retrieved 27 August 2014
  7. ^ a b McKean (1990), p. 69
  8. ^ {Historic Environment Scotland, "Hatton Castle  (Category A) (LB16431)", retrieved 28 March 2019

Bibliography

Coordinates: 57°30′44″N 2°24′25″W / 57.51222°N 2.40694°W / 57.51222; -2.40694