Scottish Country Houses: 1600-1914

Scottish Country Houses: 1600-1914

Scottish Country Houses: 1600-1914

Scottish Country Houses: 1600-1914

Synopsis

This new illustrated paperback edition examines the Scottish country house in all its guises - from great classical houses like Hopetoun, to familiar castles such as Glamis and Craigievar - as well as giving insights into the architects who designed them, including William and Robert Adam, Sir John James Burnet and Sir William Bruce.

Excerpt

In my introduction to the National Monuments Record of Scotland Jubilee Guide to the Collections, I paid tribute to the work of Kitty Cruft, who, in 1991, retired from her position as Curator of the nmrs. Following the award of an obe for her outstanding contribution to Scottish historic architecture, this collection of essays by many of her friends and colleagues is further testament to the warm regard and high esteem in which Kitty has been held throughout her long career.

Starting in 1951 as a part-time research assistant with the small and struggling Scottish National Buildings Record (as it then was), Kitty rose to become Curator of an institution whose international standing was in large measure the result of her personal contribution to its work. Her knowledge and scholarship have not only been brought to bear on the study and practical application of architectural history, but have also been selflessly placed at the disposal of generations of other scholars and casual visitors alike. This generous spirit of enquiry and enthusiasm has underlain all her activities, contributing to an exceptional standard and style of public service, and creating the bond of numberless friendships.

On behalf of all the contributors, and those many other friends not included here, it is my great pleasure to offer this volume to Kitty as a tribute to her achievement, and as a modest repayment for all that she has invested in the subject. the extraordinary breadth of her own sympathies is reflected in the . . .

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