Ye Olde Manor House

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The Manor of Leask. Built in the early 19th Century by William Cumming Skene Gordon replacing an earlier building. It was burnt down in 1927, some say maliciously. The new building on the left has recently been renovated, there was some activity on the day this picture was taken. There is a picture of a Clan Leask gathering in 1989 outside the renovated building in the Clan Leask Newsletter of Autumn 1989. The first gathering took place in 1981. Who knows, if the Clan hadn’t made a cock up by investing in the Darien scheme I could be living here now swanning about in a kilt.

The manor house and three acres surrounding it was owned by an Aberdeen businessman when this photo was taken.

The Dovecot, or doocot as the Clan Leask Society Newsletter of November 1989 describes it. This, according to the same article is owned by “Madam Leask of Leask”.

A picture of the grounds taken in 2004.

A great picture of the house in 2007

The Doocot

Taken from

House of Leask, Doocot, Slains

Description: House of Leask, Doocot

Grade: B
Date Listed: 16 April 1971
Historic Scotland Building ID: 16054

OS Grid Coordinates: 402736, 833063
Latitude/Longitude: 57.3880, -1.9561

Location: Collieston, Aberdeenshire AB41 8JU

Locality: Slains
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
Postcode: AB41 8JU

Mid 18th century, restored 1981. Unusual, tall, square-plan, single chamber dovecot with voussoired segmentally-arched window, alighting ledge/string course close to eaves below row of flight holes and ball-finialled, slated, piended roof (see Notes). Roughly squared and snecked pink granite rubble with squared rubble quoins.


A N Robertson Old Dovecotes of Scotland (1957). I Shepherd Gordon (1994), pp 210-11. RCAHMS Canmore. Earlier HS List Description. 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Maps (1864-71, 1899-1901).


An unusual survival, this fine dovecot is sited close to the ruins of the House of Leask. Niven notes that the dovecot was re-roofed and newly finialled in the 19th century, at which time the roof was conical and the slating banded. The early 18th century House of Leask was renamed Gordon Lodge when Barbara Cuming married Dr Alexander Gordon of Hilton and Straloch, a descendant of the Gordons of Pitlurg in Banffshire. Their grandson subsequently named the house Pitlurg. In 1825 Captain Gordon Cumming Skene commissioned Archibald Simpson to rebuild the old house, returning to the original name of House of Leask for the new building. This house, burned down in 1927, but had incorporated a simple 2-storey, 5-bay Italianate south front, 3-bay bow between slightly advanced end bays on the west and a wing to the northeast.

Source: Historic Scotland

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence: PSI Click-use licence number C2008002006.
House of Leask, Doocot – Slains – Aberdeenshire – Scotland

October 1987

In 1987 my parents went on holiday to Scotland and whilst up there had a look at the Hills of Leask.  Here are the pictures that were taken at the time.

Leask sign

road side







December 2015

I added the following text in late 2015.  It was taken from a photocopy I had been given, the source which looks like a book or magazine.  I cant remember where I got it from or who gave it to me. This is the accompanying photograph of the house which appears to show a couple of figures.  Its all very spooky.  As you can tell the quality is very poor.  Misspellings are in the original text.

Pitlurg House

“Pitlurg House. Ellon. NK02633 – For such a simple-looking house Pitlurg has a complicated family history. Told briefly it begins with the Gordons of Pitlurg, Banffshire, offspring of Jock Gordon of Scurdargue. They had to sell this property two miles south of Keith in 1724 to pay debts run up in unwise investments and ‘high living in Paris’. Dr Alexander Gordon of Hilton and Straloch succeeded his spendthrift uncle and married Barbara Cumming, heiress to the combined Buchan family lands of the Leasks of Leask and Cummings of Birness. About this stage ‘Leask’ became ‘Gordon Lodge’. This doctors grandson was only seven when he inherited and the Straloch lands were sold leavin him Birness and Leask. When he settled, years later with the rank of Major-General, he re-named the property ‘Pitlurg’ after the ancestral lands in Banffshire. Following the General’s death it was his son, Captain Gordon Cumming Skene of Pitlurg, Dyce and Parkshill who commissioned Archibald Simpson to build the present house in 1828. In the early years of this century the estate was sold off and the mansion house destroyed by fire in 1927.”

Aerial Photographs March 2016

In March 2016 I came across the site which describes itself as an online catalogue to Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage.  On it is a few photographs of Leask interest which they kindly allowed me to reproduce here.

Aerial House of Leask 2 Aerial House of Leask 3 Aerial House of Leask 4 Aerial House of Leask


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