Basic Site Details

Name: Drumlanrig Castle
Town, district or village: Drumlanrig
City or county: Dumfriesshire
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 9   Plans drawn up for cloister and chapel - not executed. Date uncertain
Item 2 of 91620s(?) Build/constructionOriginal design for house
Item 3 of 91620s Build/constructionOriginal design for house
Item 4 of 9c. 1680c. 1690ReconstructionRebuilding perhaps based on designs by Robert Mylne
Item 5 of 916971698AdditionOgee roofed pavilions added
Item 6 of 91732 Plans drawn upDesign of cascade
Item 7 of 91813 Restoration 
Item 8 of 91840  Scheme for remodelling as French chateau with formal gardens; only gardens carried out
Item 9 of 91860  Reconstruction of perron to original design


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 10(Sir) George Gilbert ScottArchitect, Architectural practice   Plans for cloister and chapel
Item 2 of 10James SmithArchitect, EngineerGc. 1680c. 1690Rebuilding perhaps on the basis of designs made by Robert Mylne, Smith's father-in-law.
Item 3 of 10Robert MylneMasonJc. 1680 Designs for reconstruction?
Item 4 of 10James SmithArchitect, EngineerH16971698Ogee roofed pavilions added
Item 5 of 10John Clerk (Sir) (2nd Baronet)ArchitectB1732 Design of cascade
Item 6 of 10William AtkinsonArchitectE18121817Plans for alterations?
Item 7 of 10William ElliotArchitectA1813 Restoration for the 4th Duke of Buccleuch
Item 8 of 10William BurnArchitectDc. 1830c. 1834Repairs and alterations including a new gardener's house and probably the forecourt wings of the main house.
Item 9 of 10(Sir) Charles BarryArchitect c. 1840 Scheme for remodelling as French chateau with formal gardens; only gardens carried out
Item 10 of 10Charles HowittArchitect 1860 Reconstruction of perron to original design


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 4Buccleuch, 2nd Duke ofClient for cascade design
Item 2 of 4Buccleuch, 4th Duke ofClient for William Elliot work
Item 3 of 4Buccleuch, Duchess ofClient for Charles Barry work
Item 4 of 4Queensberry, Ist DukeClient for Smith work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Blisset, David Veneerer-in-chief to the Nobility: Sir Charles Barry's Country Houses Airs, M (ed): The Victorian Great Housep63 - proposals by Sir Charles Barry
Item 2 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 4Gifford, John1996Dumfries and Galloway (The Buildings of Scotland)  p225
Item 4 of 4New Statistical Account of Scotland New Statistical Account of Scotland  iv, p506

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Country Life25 August 1960   
Item 2 of 5Country Life1 September 1960  Edition covers 1-8 September 1960. Article by Mark Girouard citing accounts at Drumlanrig.
Item 3 of 5Gentleman's MagazineIX00s  p2. Article by J C Loudon.
Item 4 of 5RIBA Transactions1870  p125-8. List of works by Burn, compiled by T L Donaldson.
Item 5 of 5The Architectural MagazineI  p94

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Drumlanrig CastleDrumlanrig Castle Plans Volume of plans now held at Drumlanrig but were in NAS previously, including plans by Georeg Gilbert Scott
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register3886 
Item 3 of 7National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Buccleuch PapersGD224/669/36Atkinson designs
Item 4 of 7National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and deposits GD 224 NRA (S), 1275
Item 5 of 7National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 224/518/3 
Item 6 of 7National Library of ScotlandManuscript CollectionMS. 3906, f.141For Burn's letter to Sir Walter Scott soliciting this job.
Item 7 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection