MHG21540 - Dunskeath House - Nigg Ferry


An impressive country house which was largely destroyed by fire in 1960. The servants quarters are all that remains of the original building.

Type and Period (4)

  • MILITARY HOSPITAL (First World War - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)
  • COUNTRY HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COTTAGE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • COUNTRY HOUSE (Burnt down, 20th Century - 1960 AD to 1960 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Surviving section of Dunskeath House. The main section would appear to have been demolished.
The remaining building has had new window frames installed.
At NH 79546 68889 are Cottages Nos. 1 and 2.
At NH 79566 68957 is an unroofed structure with pointed arched windows, possibly a mausoleum or garden house.
Information from RCAHMS (DE), February 2010. <1>

This building can be seen in the foreground of an oblique aerial photograph by Jim Bone. <2>

There is an interesting discussion about this building to be found on Tain Museum's website Tain Through Time. The caption ascribed to the photograph of the building is incorrect as highlighted by various contributors who give further information about the building. One contributor recalls that the house was destroyed by fire in 1960, with the exception of the servant's quarters which are all that now remains of the original building. Another person mentions the ruins of an "old chapel" in the former gardens of Dunskaith House. <3>

A naval hospital was established at Dunskeath House in the First World War, but was unsuitable due to a poor water supply. It continued in military use as a store for naval supplies till the end of the war.
Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 30 October 2013.

Sources/Archives (4)



Grid reference Centred NH 7951 6890 (115m by 143m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH76NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish NIGG

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