Basic Site Details

Name: Dunrobin Castle
Town, district or village: Dunrobin
City or county: Sutherland
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Castle  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71766 Build/construction(?)Quadrangular stables (uncertain if actually built. If built they were destroyed by fire in 1790).
Item 2 of 717891790Alterations and additions 
Item 3 of 718441851 North front and reconstruction
Item 4 of 71845  Peter Kerr hired to implement Barry's designs
Item 5 of 71852  Walled garden , west wall rebuilding
Item 6 of 71915  Restoration of roof after fire
Item 7 of 71919  Additional internal reinstatement and remodelling


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 9John AdamArchitectC1766 Quadrangular stables (uncertain if actually built. If built they were destroyed by fire in 1790)
Item 2 of 9James McLeran D17891790Large sums of money being paid to 'Mr McLaren and his son' for works at Dunrobin Castle.
Item 3 of 9(Sir) Charles BarryArchitectA18441848North front and reconstruction with William Leslie of Aberdeen as executant, modifying scheme to fit site; formal gardens. Barry did not visit until 1848 when work was complete.
Item 4 of 9William LeslieArchitectA18441851Reconstruction incorporating suggestions from Duke of Sutherland based on Charles Barry' s scheme
Item 5 of 9Peter KeirArchitect 1845 Was the draughtsman and signed the drawings
Item 6 of 9Peter KerrArchitectA1845 Implemented Barry's designs; perhaps worked for William Leslie
Item 7 of 9William LeslieArchitect 1852 Walled garden, west wall rebuilding
Item 8 of 9(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitectB19151919Restoration of roof after fire. Also additional internal reinstatement and remodelling.
Item 9 of 9James GrieveArchitect, Clerk of WorksB19151919Restoration after fire. Also additional internal reinstatement and remodelling - as clerk of works to Lorimer


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Sutherland, 17th Earl ofClient for John Adam work
Item 2 of 3Sutherland, CountessClient for 1789-1790 work
Item 3 of 3Sutherland, Duke ofFor all phases


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Blisset, David Veneerer-in-chief to the Nobility: Sir Charles Barry's Country Houses Airs, M (ed): The Victorian Great Housepp 64-5
Item 2 of 5Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 5Fraser, W1894The Sutherland Book  p470, n2, p471
Item 4 of 5Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Bookspp 574-7
Item 5 of 5Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p 176

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Building ChronicleJune 1854   
Item 2 of 4Building ChronicleJuly 1854   
Item 3 of 4Country Life23 October 2013   
Item 4 of 4Country Life30 October 2013   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Dunrobin CastlePlans Original drawings in Charter Room (Barry drawings)
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register7044 
Item 3 of 7Information by emailResearch and biography by Louise Boreham and Neil Brown Sent October 2007
Item 4 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR D/14
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Manuscripts MS LOR/73/60, 61 Notes on interior details by Lorimer, specifications for electrical work etc
Item 6 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Copies of Dunrobin drawings - SUD 77/52-61 Also Lorimer drawings SUD 77/11, 77/73
Item 7 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection Ba Fam/1/9/1