Basic Site Details

Name: Newbattle Abbey
Town, district or village: Newbattle
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
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Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 7February 1650 ProposedEstimate for adding frontispiece
Item 2 of 71693 RepairRepairs from 1693 onwards.
Item 3 of 71836 AdditionAddition of attic storey with gables to east front.
Item 4 of 718561866Alterations and additionsNew family wing by Bryce
Item 5 of 71871 Alterations and additionsFurther room by Bryce, stables recast
Item 6 of 71878 AdditionInterior of library rooms. Enlargement of porch.
Item 7 of 71970s Alterations and additionsFor College


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 10John Mylne juniorArchitectEFebruary 1650 Drew up estimate for adding frontispiece - 'in a perfect manner off gudlie Architect[ure]'.
Item 2 of 10James SmithArchitect, EngineerF1693 Repairs from 1693 onwards. Smith's advice was sought but it is not clear whether he was the effective architect or not.
Item 3 of 10William BurnArchitectC1836 Addition of attic storey with gables to east front.
Item 4 of 10David BryceArchitectA18561866New family wing
Item 5 of 10David BryceArchitectB1871 New room and stables recast
Item 6 of 10William Eden NesfieldArchitect 1878 Library interiors - not executed
Item 7 of 10John Bryce II (or John Bryce (junior))ArchitectA1878 Enlargement of porch - may be responsible
Item 8 of 10Archibald James Campbell ClarkArchitectD1970s Worked with Tom Spaven on this project.
Item 9 of 10Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)Architectural practiceD1970s Alterations for College
Item 10 of 10Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectD1970s(?) Alterations for College


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Lothian, 7th Marquis ofClient fcor William Burn work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  pp348-350

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Country Life13 September 1902   
Item 2 of 3Country Life22 February 1941   
Item 3 of 3Country Life8 July 1993  For David Bryce's work etc.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Courtesy of Archie ClarkInformation sent to Dictionary website Sent September 2014
Item 2 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 40/2/xviii/82Also GD 40/2/xviii/1
Item 3 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 40/2/viii/53, 58, 76, 108, Alos xviii/1, 77
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Photos of drawings
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection Rough sketch in NMRS