For many years I have been part of a widely shared determination to see Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School become a school of Music: I have made several supportive films: … Continue reading ‘Closer to resolution’
I recently came across this delightful map of Hawkhill and its observatory. Before it was demolished this Georgian villa used to neighbour Holyrood Palace, just below Salisbury crags. The title … Continue reading “The MOCK DOCTOR, not acted before this season”
William Delacour (also known as William Delacourt or William De la Cour) was a French painter. He settled in Edinburgh in March 1760 and, in Edinburgh, was appointed the first … Continue reading A forgotten artist
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
I am collecting material for a film on Hawkhill, Leith, Edinburgh. This Villa, designed by John Adam, was demolished in 1971.
A few photographs from yesterday . . .
Today, at 7pm, in Bonnyrigg Library, I will be giving a talk on Mavisbank House. I will be showing some of my short films:The Antiq
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:
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
I wrote this book about Mavisbank over a decade ago. My book was a good effort but needed a better ending: Opening Chapter of ‘Repeats its Love’ Ventures into our … Continue reading Mavisbank
The following reports are from the Scotsman of the 24th October 2017: I made a film about Bute House that I shared with the First Minister in December of 2016. I … Continue reading Bute House
This film is based upon the meeting held at Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School on the 29th May 2016. The meeting was entitled “Traditionalism: Edinburgh’s dilemma”