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Darnaway Castle

A Category A Listed Building in Dyke And Moy, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.5744 / 57°34'27"N

Longitude: -3.683 / 3°40'58"W

OS Eastings: 299441

OS Northings: 855064

OS Grid: NH994550

Mapcode National: GBR K88P.X77

Mapcode Global: WH5H9.DWD8

Entry Name: Darnaway Castle

Listing Date: 26 January 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333172

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2283

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dyke and Moy

County: Moray

Civil Parish: Dyke And Moy

Unitary Authority Ward: Forres

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

Alexander Laing, dated 1802-12, mansion on site of earlier
castle and fronting re-cased mid 15th century Randolph's
Hall. Castellated N facing 3 and 4-storey rectangular 11-bay
mansion with Randolph's hall projecting at rear to form
T-plan. Further single storey kitchen range of varied height
extends at W.
Tooled red sandstone ashlar, polished ashlar dressings.
Outer and centre 3 bays slightly advanced, the centre block
rising to 4 storeys. Centre entrance in raised ground floor
in N front reached by balustraded perron (1870) linked to
balustraded screen wall masking raised basement. Entrance
porch flanked by engaged columns linked by balustrade with
coat of arms.
Storeys delineated by band courses and all windows (except
raised basement) hoodmoulded (pointed headed in centre 3 bays
raised ground and 1st floors) and linked by cill bands.
Corbelled and crenellated wallhead with dummy angle
bartizans; piended platform slate and lead roofs.
RANDOLPH'S HALL: 3 long Y-traceried windows with stained
glass light E and W elevations. Further window in S gable;
crenellated wallhead matching frontage; steeply pitched slate
roof.
KITCHEN: extensive single storey kitchen range lit by
pointed-and square-headed windows (the former with
intersecting tracery); clock tower with open cupola above
clock stage capped by leaded multi-facetted leaded dome with
4 diminutive louvred lucarnes and weathervane finial. Service
court enclosed by high buttressed wall (1920).
INTERIOR: Entrance hall with ornate plaster frieze and 4
marbled columns; marble chimneypiece with swagged detailing.
Entrance hall leads direct to RANDOLPH'S HALL with mid 15th
century hammer beam roof; re-modelled 1802-12 and circa 1900.
MIRRORED E AND W STAIRHALLS AND STAIRCASES linked at raised
ground floor and 1st floor by long corridors with
intermediate arches. Ornate cast-iron balustrade to
staircases with lion's head detailing; decorative plaster
ceiling to stairwell.
DRAWING ROOM: white marble chimneypiece; plaster frieze with
anthemion and urn decoration.
DINING ROOM: screen of marbled columns separates sideboard
recess; grey marble chimneypiece with fluted columns and
swagged frieze.
KITCHEN linked to dining room by colonaded passage.
TERRACES: wide raised balustraded terrace encloses area
fronting main entrance to castle.
Further balustraded terracing at E.

Statement of Interest

In 1314 King Robert the Bruce erected his lands in Moray into

an Earldom and bestowed it on his nephew Thomas Randolph.

Earldom reverted to Crown 1455 and in 1501 James IV granted

it to his illegitimate son, James Stuart. Various similar

vicissitudes and subsequent reversals to Crown. 1580 James VI

granted Earldom to James Stewart heir to Stewarts of Doune

who married Lady Elizabeth, daughter of deceased Earl of

Moray, and family descended through that line to present

time. Kitchen clock tower originally designed as water tower.

Clock installed circa 1950, having been removed from

Kinfauns, Perthshire, after Moray Estates disposed of that

property.

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