Balbardie

Designed by Robert Adam, Balbardie was described as his best classical house in Scotland, the grand manner in miniature. Balbardie had a life lived short: barely sixty years. Balbardie House … Continue reading Balbardie

A Georgian Gem

I am collecting material for a film on Hawkhill, Leith, Edinburgh. This Villa, designed by John Adam, was demolished in 1971.

Old Monkland Lunatics’ Society

In the centre of Scotland, major motorway improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 have recently been completed. As a result, a lowland glen, and the historic estate once known … Continue reading Old Monkland Lunatics’ Society

Douglas Support

In the centre of Scotland, major motorway improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 have recently been completed. As a result, a lowland glen, and the historic estate once known … Continue reading Douglas Support

“And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

This temple had eight pillars arranged around it and was built by Colonel William Fullarton on the isthmus at Troon. It had an inscription on it: Baccho laetitiae datori, amacis … Continue reading “And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

Dunbog House

Dunbog House, Fife, was demolished in 1952. An Eastern gable somehow survived and is now covered by ivy and surrounded by trees. This sad account of the house was given … Continue reading Dunbog House

Miss Christina Gib

This page is a work-in-progress. It is about Maulesden House, Brechin which was demolished shortly after WWII. Miss Christina Gib (1824-1863), who was born at Maulesden House, compiled musical notebooks … Continue reading Miss Christina Gib

Never again will a single story be told . . .

The life and times of Craigends, Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland. With thanks to John Berger, Virginia Woolf [and Mrs Dalloway] Music Credit: ‘After Life’ by Pictish Trail (from BBC Scotland Quay … Continue reading Never again will a single story be told . . .

Hope Endures

This film is about a Scottish castle that was demolished in 1956. Craighall castle, Fife, was an ancient seat of a a Scottish family that reached out. This film is … Continue reading Hope Endures

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’

That small space in the whole of time

On Sunday 23rd September we explored Strathearn. We were looking for Craigmill cottage, but alas we were to find that it had long since been demolished. In its place is … Continue reading That small space in the whole of time

He walked out through the entrance gate

The sun had just risen on Sunday 22nd July 2018 as I walked through golden crops to Panmure Estate (I was in my kilt as later that morning I was … Continue reading He walked out through the entrance gate