This evening, I am posting some information on one of Scotland’s architectural treasures in the form of Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire.

This house , which was formerly owned by the Marquis of Bute, is surrounded by 2000 acres of land.

The house was designed by John, Robert and James Adam and built between 1754 and 1759 for William Crichton- Dalrymple, Earl of Dumfries and Stair.
A number of rooms were furnished by the Adams’ friend Thomas Chippendale (1728-1779).

Recently, the house and contents were acquired by Prince Charles.

The contents include:

  • A gilt rosewood padouk and sabicu Chippendale bookcase.
  • Late George III giltwood pier glasses, 1759 by Chippendale.
  • A set of 22 Scottish late George II mahogany dining chairs with tapestry covers.
  • A pair of valuable sofas.
  • A pair of late George II mahogany concertina card tables.
  • A mirror with a Savonnerie tapestry panel probably woven by Thomas Moore.

Dumfries House is open to the public, albeit subject to restricted opening times.

Small group tours can be arranged for 2009.

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