Front view Ardgrain, the Historic Scotland Grade A listed Baronial house which is on the outskirts of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland.

Visible at the top of Ardgrain is the royal crest of King Charles II, carved into stone. This has the date 1664 carved into the lower corners. Above the main double doors is the Virgil quotation and house motto, along with a sun dial. The sun dial is thought to pre-date the house, and would have come from an earlier building on the same site. The lintel above the Ardgrain main door has the initials JEB (for John Edward Bean) and the date 1757.

The Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments in Scotland (RCAHMS) describe Nether Ardgrain as:

One of the crispest, sparest and most truly Scots houses in the north-east.
Two storeys and attic, harled with skewputs, thin jambs and a central, slightly projecting, one-window gable which is the pleasing focus. Steeply battered walls (including the centre gable), roll-moulded doorpiece and chamfered jambs to all front windows are 17th-century work. The doorpiece is crowned with an arched panel inscribed HOW HAPPY WOVLD THE HVSBANDMAN BE IF HE KNEW / HIS OWN GOOD (VIRGIL) LET IMPROVEMENTS AND LIBERTY FLOVRISH which could stand as a text for the whole Improving Movement, and there is a sundial over. The interior woodwork is all 1751.

Photograph taken Sept 2005.

Aberdeenshire Webcams & Weather:

Ellon Webcam

Ellon Webcam - Watch live pictures of Scotland from the Ellon Webcam, which looks out over picturesque rolling Aberdeenshire Countryside towards the market town of Ellon.

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Gardenstown Scotland Webcam

Gardenstown Webcam - Breathtaking views towards the secluded village harbour at Gardenstown. The Gamrie webcam also takes in the ancient fort of Castle Hill and the rugged Scottish coastline.

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Inverurie Webcam

Inverurie Webcam -Scenic views from Inverurie and Port Elphinstone looking towards Bourtie Hill. Inverurie straddles the River Don and the River Ury, and is only 4 miles (6.4 km) from the imposing and famous mountain of Bennachie.

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New Deer and Bennachie Webcam

New Deer Webcam - See Bennachie and live Scottish pictures of the historic town of New Deer in the North East of Scotland. Stunning webcam looking over rugged countryside towards the distant scottish mountain of Bennachie and the prominent peak, Mithir Tap.
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Stonehaven Webcam
Stonehaven Webcam - Discover the historic harbour town of Stonehaven on the North-East coast of Aberdeenshire, home of Dunnottar castle which was sacked in 1650 by Oliver Cromwell to find the Crown Jewels following an eight month siege.
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Gardenstown Weather Station

Gardenstown Weather - The Gardenstown Weather Station provides constantly updated weather info and forecaster prediction, making it ideal for surfers, kite enthusiasts and anyone heading outdoors.

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Inverurie Weather Station Aberdeenshire

Inverurie Weather - The Inverurie Weather Station has live weather for Inverurie and Bennachie to the west of Aberdeen, which is perfect for hill walkers, mountaineers and mountain bikers.

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A selection of our most recent images added to the Ardgrain site.

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