Boswell’s Summerhouse

Auchinleck summerhouse is carved directly into the red sandstone embankment that rises from Dippol burn. These photographs are from a visit on Sunday 8th September 2019:

Book of Company

On Sunday we visited Auchinleck House in Ayrshire. It was restored by James Simpson who is a friend of Peter’s. Auchinleck was the family seat of the diarist and biographer … Continue reading Book of Company

Mrs Crudelius

Some years ago, in the archive of the The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, I came across a photograph of a tombstone with two angels … Continue reading Mrs Crudelius

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

The Great Garden

We are just home from a wonderful short-break at Kinlochlaich Gardens, Argyll. Both Peter and Sian are keen gardeners. We visited the island of Lismore taking the ferry from Port … Continue reading The Great Garden

‘His views on aesthetics (not often requested) are surprising’

On Saturday 15th September 2018 we visited Blackcraig Bridgehouse which was free to explore thanks to Doors Open Day Scotland. The Bridgehouse, a real curiosity, has been beautifully restored as … Continue reading ‘His views on aesthetics (not often requested) are surprising’

Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

This is a post about a house called ‘Rockville’, 3 Napier Road, Edinburgh. It was built by James Gowans. Rockville was demolished in 1966. Today, only the gateposts survive. James … Continue reading Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

‘Every great architect has an unmistakable idiom’

James Gowans (1821-1890) was not just an architect. In future posts I intend to tell you more about James Gowans and what he created. The above image was taken on … Continue reading ‘Every great architect has an unmistakable idiom’