Charles Gordon of Buthlaw and Cairness

Country house


nr Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire)

Built 1st Jan 1797


Neo-classical country house built to designs of James Playfair (remodelling an earlier design of Robert Burn and with contributions from Sir John Soane) for Charles Gordon of Buthlaw 1791-1797. The Pevsner Architectural Guide for Aberdeenshire North and Moray states that "Cairness House, by James Playfair 1791-97, is of international importance as the only house in Britain the design and construction of which reflected and evolved with the rapid advances in French Neoclassicism towards the end of the C18" and that "its survival is the more precious as so many of Playfair's other designs were either not built or have been lost or altered".

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James Playfair
Current owner
Private owners