House of Leask
|House of Leask|
|Name||House of Leask|
|NGR||NK 0263 3306|
|Lon. & Lat.||57.388234,-1.95738|
|Nearby Castles||Ellon, Esslemont|
|Year built||19th c.|
A formerly harled, two-storey granite rubble mansion-house comprising a main block and lower service wing. Dressings of basal and stringcourses are very fine; five-bay main elevation with central door and extravagantly tall ground-floor windows. Originally had a piended slate roof.
The Manor of Leask, built in the early 19th Century by William Cumming Skene Gordon replacing an earlier building. “There is not a single tree in the whole of the bounds of the parish, except on the estate of Leask.” It was burnt down in 1927, some say maliciously. Leask has been partly re-built as a private residence.
House of Leask began as Leask, a Cuming property in the early 18th century, became Gordon Lodge on marriage of Barbara Cuming to Dr Alexander Gordon of Hilton and Straloch, a descendant of the Gordons of Pitlurg in Banffshire. Their grandson, a major-general, renamed it Pitlurg after the ancestral lands, but his son, Captain Gordon Cumming Skene of Pitlurg, Dyce and Parkhill, commissioned Simpson to build the House of Leask, returning it to the original name.