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This building is in the Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 14/12/1970.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 3177 7243.


1639, originally L-plan. Extended 1672-4 by Sir William Bruce to form U-plan with open court to W. Alterations and addition of single-storey S range by William Adam after 1733, subsequently altered in 19th century. U-plan, 3-storey and attic, court open to W with octagonal stair turrets in re-entrant angles and square angle pavilions at NE and SE angles, former pyramid roofed, the latter ogee-domed (S wing entered from SE pavi lion). Rubble-built, originally harled. Slate roofs.

INTERIOR: subdivided in 19th century, but retains much of William Adam`s 18th century decorative scheme: including lugged and basket-arched chimneypieces, stucco ceilings and trophied overmantles by Thomas Clayton. Landscape painted sopra porte panels by James Norie in parlour (interior details see REFERENCES).

S WING: early 18th century office range, altered and extended late 18th century; single storey, rubble-built, modern corrugated asbestos roof. 2 bays of early 18th century work by William Adam (sebsequently heightened) contain 18th century DAIRY with deep-coved stucco ceiling by Thomas Clayotn, 1742 and chequered tiled floor.


Formerly known as Gilberton. Built for John 2nd Earl of Lauderdale. Bought 1736 by Archibald Duke of Argyll who is believed to have been responsible for the 18th century alterations.


Inv 158 (Midlothian); MacRae Her 32; C & D Arch IV p.176; King's Master Masons (Mylne); BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH, Gifford pp557-559; WILLIAM ADAM 1689-1748, Gifford, p156; SRO Plan RHP/14979, survey plan of the estate of Brunstane, 1764, John Lesslie.

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