Scotland's lost houses
In terms of architectural heritage, perhaps nothing is more poignant than the ruination of a once-grand house. Since 1945, it has been estimated, over 200 of Scotland’s major houses have been lost. The reasons for the losses vary, whether fire, dry rot, or demolition when costs become prohibitive. Fortunately, photographs remain as a remarkable, often eerie record of these great houses. Sometimes, as with the magnificent photos of Hamilton Palace, they provide a fitting testimony to an architectural masterpiece. In other cases, as with Murthly, the unique pictorial record is a painstaking—and heartbreaking—sequence of photos taken of the dynamiting of this beautiful property. Ian Gow, Curator of the National Trust for Scotland and one of the country’s most eminent architectural historians, has selected 20 of its most important lost houses, placing them in the context of an entire era of destruction.
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A Portfolio of Decay and Demolition
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Abercairney Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Adam's Amisfield ancient Angus Demolished architect Balbardie bedroom Blown Brahan Brahan Castle carpet ceiling central century Charles Brand chimney-piece Colin McWilliam collection country houses Craigievar Crathes decorative demolition Detail dining room doorcase Douglas Castle drawing room Duke Duke's Dundee Dunglass Earl East Lothian Edinburgh elegant entrance front facade Fintray fire furniture Gallery Georgian gilded Gillespie Graham gilt Glasgow Gordon Castle Gothic Guisachan Gutted Hamilton Palace handsome Hawkhill House Aberdeenshire Demolished House Lanarkshire Demolished House of Dun interior Kelvingrove Lord Lost Houses Lothian Demolished marble Mavisbank Midlothian Demolished Millearne Murthly museum National Monuments Record National Trust painted Palladian panelling Panmure Perthshire Perthshire Demolished piano nobile Picturesque plasterwork portraits Record of Scotland reproduced courtesy Rosneath ruin Scotch Baronial Scotland Scottish Seaton shows Sir John stair staircase surviving thev tower Trust for Scotland unusual Victorian villa walls William Adam wing