Blaeu Atlas of Scotland 1662

Blaeu Atlas of Scotland 1662

Blaeu Atlas of Scotland

Extract from the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland, showing Ellon, Aberdeenshire, and the surrounding countryside, which includes the Barony of Ardgrain (Ardgroin) to the north of Ellon, above the Ythan river.  Read more » 

Ardgrain Double Doors

Ardgrain Double Doors

Ardgrain Main Double Doors 

The double front doorway at Ardgrain is surrounded by a carved granite frame, spanned by a single granite lintel. Into this is carved the initials JEB and the date 1757. John Edward Bean made extensive alterations to Ardgrain from 1740 onwards, and he added the single storey kitchen wing to the house. Above the doorway is a Virgil quotation and house motto:

"How happy would the husbandman be if he knew his own good. Let improvements and liberty flourish."  Read more » 

Ardgrain With Trees

Ardgrain With Trees

Ardgrain

Front view of Ardgrain, showing the third floor triangular window below the Royal crest of King Charles II. The triangular window at the top of Ardgrain is very unusual to see in a house this old, and compliments the front of the house, mirroring the triangular roof above. Symbolically, triangular windows are sometimes associated with Templar and Freemasonry traditions. The triangular window on Ardgrain looks directly North when viewed from the outside.  Read more »