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The Scottish Country House

James Knox


An invitation to share an extraordinary collection of ten unspoiled Scottish residences that remain the property of the original families

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The ten extraordinary houses and castles featured in this book have all survived the vicissitudes of Scotland’s history with almost all of their original families still in residence. Each house also represents a landmark in Scotland’s architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century.

The architectural revelation is matched by sensational settings, which merge designed gardens and landscape with the unparalleled wildness and vistas of Scotland. All of these cherished houses are chockablock with memories of the past, from swagger portraits to sporrans, from vintage photographs to ancient weaponry, from curling stones to fading chintz.

James Fennell’s masterly photographs capture the distinctive atmosphere of each residence. As he guides the reader on an intimate tour of the houses, Knox recounts their histories and profiles the colourful lairds, clan chiefs and nobles who have called them home.

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'Magnificent … Knox writes with an easy and absorbing grace … the sumptuous photography by James Fennell is pin-sharp and superbly reproduced … this will make a fine present for anyone who loves Scotland or grand interiors'
The Times

'Sensational … Anyone interested in architectural history will find this book difficult to put down'
The Scots Magazine

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Publication date: 13 April 2015

ISBN: 9780500291726

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The House of the Binns • 2. Balcaskie • 3. Drumlanrig • 4. Arniston • 5. Foulis Castle • 6. Dumfries House • 7. Bowhill • 8. Ballindalloch Castle • 9. Lochinch Castle • 10. Monzie Castle

About the Author

James Knox is Publisher of The Art Newspaper.

James Fennell’s photographs have appeared in many books. They range from candid portraits of Ireland’s vanishing traditions and characters, to capturing the unique legacy of history and magnificence of some of Britain’s finest properties.

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James Fennell