Basic Site Details

Name: Freeland House
City or county: Perthshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 1733 Contract James Ruthven and John Douglas, Architect.
To pull down the old wing on the middle of the north side of the House
of Freeland and to double the said house to the north side where the
wing is to be taken away the full length of the present House of
Freeland and 18í wide within the walls and three storys high - The first
story to sink underground for offices, the second to be of the same level
as floor within the first story of the present house of Freeland where the
drawing room and Dining room presently are and of the same height.
The third uppermost story to be a foot and a half higher walls than the
uppermost story of the present house of Freeland if the walls will allow
and to put a good and sufficient roof upon the said new building and a
little flatter than the roof of the present house s as the two roofs be level
at the top notwithstanding of the ods of the height of the walls.
To be good stone work with plain hewn doors, windows and corners and
chimney heads with 5 pairs of concave jams and hearths finely polished
and the make good and sufficient vents so as not to smoke and to make
said roof of good and sufficient redwood sawn out of logs and well sarkt
and slated with slate from Drummahourn quarry and the old roof and
new to be joined with a lead gutter and to divide the same in offices,
rooms, closets and stairs, etc.
The sunk story to be plaistered. 2nd story the Dining room to have fine
doubled flooring and to be all boxed with fine redwood quarter round
and raised panelling. The stairs of stone well polished and the nursery
to be floored as the uppermost story of good common flooring and
boxed all round.
2 new doors on the passages from the new building to the old and all
the windows of the second and third storys to be made of two inch thick
wanscoat and crown glass, the first story to be of inch and half
wanscoat and good common glass and to alter the positions of the old
100 pounds sterling betwixt the 1st July next to come and the like sum
of one hundred pounds at the term of martinmas thereafter and the sum
of £125 17/- at the term of Whitsunday - and to furnish John Douglas
with the horses to carry the stone, lime, timber and slates and to quarry
the stone. To furnish workmen upon Lord Ruthvenís charge. To rid the
ground for the sunk story of the new building.
The Drawing room to be in the old house where the dining room is at
present - both to be boxed the same. Lord Rís dressing room and his
Ladyís womanís room in the uppermost story of the new building remain
unfinished at his option.
witnesses Henry Balfour Esq of Dunbog
Tomas Morison, servant to Lord R

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Ruthven HouseYes 
Item 2 of 2Strathallan School  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81733 Alterations and additions 
Item 2 of 818251826 Radical reconstruction of existing house, apparently largely designed by Blore and executed by Burn
Item 3 of 818771880 Additions, including great hall
Item 4 of 81883  Additions
Item 5 of 81891  Lodge
Item 6 of 818991905 Additions
Item 7 of 81913  Redecoration
Item 8 of 8Before 1981 AdditionDining hall, studies and sports hall


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 25John DouglasArchitectH1733 Contract for alterations drawn up between Lord Ruthven and John Douglas architect.
Item 2 of 25Edward BloreArchitectA18251826Radical reconstruction of existing house, apparently largely designed by Blore and executed by Burn
Item 3 of 25William BurnArchitectA18251826Radical reconstruction of existing house, apparently largely designed by Blore and executed by Burn
Item 4 of 25Charles ReidArchitectB18771880Additions, including great hall
Item 5 of 25James Maitland WardropArchitectB18771880Additions, including great hall
Item 6 of 25Wardrop & ReidArchitectural practiceB18771880Additions, including great hall
Item 7 of 25(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectC1883 Additions
Item 8 of 25George Washington BrowneArchitectC1883 Additions
Item 9 of 25Hew Maitland Wardrop (later Hew Montgomerie Wardrop)ArchitectC1883 Additions
Item 10 of 25Wardrop, Anderson & BrowneArchitectural practiceC1883 Additions
Item 11 of 25(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectF1891 Lodge
Item 12 of 25Hew Maitland Wardrop (later Hew Montgomerie Wardrop)ArchitectF1891 Lodge
Item 13 of 25Wardrop & AndersonArchitectural practiceF1891 Lodge
Item 14 of 25(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectD18991902Additions - partial remodelling of entrance front
Item 15 of 25Alexander Hunter CrawfordArchitectD18991905Additions - partial remodelling of entrance front
Item 16 of 25Anderson Simon & CrawfordArchitectural practiceD18991902Additions - partial remodelling of entrance front
Item 17 of 25Frank Lewis Worthington SimonArchitectD18991905Additions - partial remodelling of entrance front
Item 18 of 25Donald Alexander StewartArchitectE1913 Redecoration
Item 19 of 25Smart & StewartArchitectural practiceE1913 Redecoration
Item 20 of 25David SmartArchitectEBefore 1914 Redecoration
Item 21 of 25Boswell, Mitchell & JohnstonArchitectural practiceJAfter 1961 Refurbishment
Item 22 of 25Robert Scott NobleArchitectJAfter 1961 Refurbishment - partner in charge
Item 23 of 25Gillespie & ScottArchitectural practiceGBefore 1981 Dining hall, studies and sports hall
Item 24 of 25James L Hunter Scott GBefore 1981 Dining hall, studies and sports hall
Item 25 of 25Michael George ScottArchitectGBefore 1981 Dining hall, studies and sports hall


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Ruthven, LordClient for Blore & Burn work
Item 2 of 2Wood, Collingwood LindsayCleint for Wardrop & Reid work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 5Gifford, John2007The Buildings of Scotland: Perth and Kinross Yale University Pressp713-5
Item 3 of 5  Accessed 02/10/2015
Item 4 of 5RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1913   Redecoration by Smart & Stewart

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings) For additions of 1877-80
Item 2 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Burn drawings
Item 3 of 5RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership Email 9 /02/2007 from Ian Hepburn to RIAS.
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection Blore drawings
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Hunter Crawford: F v14 p68 no890 (microfilm reel 11)