Basic Site Details

Name: Arniston House
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Parish: Borthwick
Status: A Listed
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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 617261732Build/construction 
Item 2 of 61726 Build/constructionWilliam Adam largely carried out plans made for grounds
Item 3 of 617541758AdditionDining room and drawing room on west side. ('Buildings of Scotland' gives 1753)
Item 4 of 618661868 New library
Item 5 of 61872  Porch and other alterations
Item 6 of 6Late 1800s  North pediment rebuilt


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 12William AdamArchitectF17261732 
Item 2 of 12John AdamArchitectD17541758Dining room and drawings rooms on west side (Building of scotland gives date as 1753)
Item 3 of 12Brown & WardropArchitectural practiceB18661868New library - with Adam Lumsden
Item 4 of 12James Maitland WardropArchitectB18661868New library - with Adam Lumsden
Item 5 of 12Thomas Brown IIArchitectB18661868New library - with Adam Lumsden
Item 6 of 12Brown & WardropArchitectural practiceA1872 Porch and other alterations
Item 7 of 12James Maitland WardropArchitectA1872 Porch and other alterations
Item 8 of 12Thomas Brown IIArchitectA1872 Porch and other alterations
Item 9 of 12Charles ReidArchitectC1877 Alterations to north elevation - raising of links between central part and pavilions to 2 storeys
Item 10 of 12James Maitland WardropArchitectC1877 Alterations to north elevation - raising of links between central part and pavilions to 2 storeys
Item 11 of 12Wardrop & ReidArchitectural practiceC1877 Alterations to north elevation - raising of links between central part and pavilions to 2 storeys
Item 12 of 12(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitect Late 1800s North pediment rebuilt


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Dundas, Robert, later Lord ArnistonClient for William Adam work nand John Adam work

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Arniston House, SundialANCIENT SUNDIALS OF SCOTLAND -Proceedings of the Society,
Thomas Ross (January 13, 1890) pp102-104.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Adam, William1820Vitruvius Scoticus  Plates 39-44
Item 2 of 5Cosh, Mary1984The Adam Family and Arniston Architectural History, 27 
Item 3 of 5McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  pp 79-80, 82
Item 4 of 5Tait, A A1969William Adam and Sir John Clerk: Arniston and the Country Seat Burlington Magazine, March 1969 
Item 5 of 5Thomas, Jane1995Midlothian: an illustrated architectural guide Edinburgh, The Rutland Presspp97-99

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architectural Heritage2004XV Article by Pat Wigston 'The ...John Adam Dining Room at Arniston House'.
Item 2 of 3Country Life15 August 1925   
Item 3 of 3Country Life22 August 1925   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register808 
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Drawings and photos