MHG21674 - Mackenzie Foundation School, Mackenzie Place, Avoch

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  • SCHOOL HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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Ross and Joass, 1863. Scottish Baronial. Asymmetrical composition of headmaster's house with lower school block to
east. House: tall, 2 storey asymmetrical 3 bay front with advanced and crowstepped gabled left bay with canted bay
window; 3 storey and attic crowstep-gabled tower at right; second floor of tower slightly projected on continuous
corbel-course; 4 steeply pedimented dormerheads at attic, formerly containing clock faces; armorial plaque bearing
Mackenzie arms contained in stepped string course above entrance door at battered base of tower. Centre bay has
lancet at ground floor with tripartite stair window above.

School range: cruciform plan, single storey and attic with lower single storey crowstepped east arm; south arm has demi-octagonal end. South dormer with 2 light Gothic glazing; large Gothic windows in east and north gables (partly blocked at east).
Coursed red sandstone rubble, pale polished sandstone dressings. Cast iron finials. Slate roof.

School known locally as Ross's School. Now used as school kitchen. Appears on 1871 OS map as Episcopal School. Stone
plaque on tower inscribed:- "TO THE HONOR OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND AS A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN MACKENZIE ESQ OF BISHOPGATE LONDON THIS INSTITUTION WAS FOUNDED BY A BROTHER AND A SISTER, HIS TWO SURVIVING CHILDREN 1856." <1>

Information from a participant in the Black Isles Heritage Memories project; school founded for the children of the Mill workers and the ‘deserving poor’. Had link to Episcopal Church in Fortrose. <2>

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Location

Grid reference Centred NH 6993 5522 (49m by 68m)
Map sheet NH65NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish AVOCH

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