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Basic Site Details

Name: Hamilton Palace
Town, district or village: Hamilton
City or county: Lanarkshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: The bronze atlantes at the main stair were first modelled by Thomas Campbell in 1839-40 and then by Bernard Gabriel Seurre for the founder Louis-Claude-Ferdinand Soyer. They were installed in 1842.

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61685 Plans drawn upPlan of garden drawn up.
Item 2 of 61693 Build/construction 
Item 3 of 617361737Build/constructionTermple on the bowling green
Item 4 of 618221828Alteration/conversionRebuilding of north front, interpreting the designs by an Italian architect, Francesco Saponieri.
Item 5 of 61842 Design exhibitedDesign for alterations
Item 6 of 6c. 1920 Destruction/demolition 


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 7James SmithArchitect, EngineerH16831701 
Item 2 of 7Alexander EdwardArchitectGc. 1685 Plan of garden drawn up as assistant to Sir William Bruce.
Item 3 of 7Tobias Bachop, Bauchop or BaakMasonF1692 Was recommended to the 3rd Duke of Hamilton but James Smith was given the job.
Item 4 of 7William AdamArchitectB17361737Temple on the bowling green.

Adam was employed at Hamilton Palace from 1727 to 1743, making plans for the gardens and designing the church and dog-kennel, but appears to have been responsible only for minor repairs and alterations to the Palace itself, for the enlargement of which he made an unexecuted design illustrated in 'Vitruvius Scoticus'.
Item 5 of 7David HamiltonArchitectC18221828Rebuilding of north front, interpreting the designs by an Italian architect, Francesco Saponieri.
Item 6 of 7Henry Edmund GoodridgeArchitect 1842 Alterations
Item 7 of 7William BurnArchitectA18561857Minor alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Hamilton, 10th Duke ofClient for David Hamilton work
Item 2 of 3Hamilton, 11th Duke ofFor Burn alterations
Item 3 of 3Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Client for James smith work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 9Adam, William1820Vitruvius Scoticus  Plate 8
Item 2 of 9Colvin, H and Harris, J (eds.)1970The Country Seat  Chapter entitled 'Kinross House' pp65-69 by Alexander Edward
Item 3 of 9Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 4 of 9Evans, Godfrey The 10th Duke of Hamilton's Commissioners to French Founders and Sculptors18Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History 
Item 5 of 9Frew, John and Jones, David (eds)1988Aspects of Scottish Classicism St AndrewsChapter by James Macaulay 'The Seventeenth Century Genesis of Hamilton Palace'.
Item 6 of 9Gow, Ian2006Scotland's Lost Houses London: Aurum Presspp26-41
Item 7 of 9Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1842, no 1036
Item 8 of 9Marshall, Rosalind K1973The Days of Duchess Anne  Chapter 9 for James S,mith work. Also p193
Item 9 of 9New Statistical Account of Scotland New Statistical Account of Scotland  vi, p271-2

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Ancient Monuments Society Transactions200347 p7. Article by Giles Worsley
Item 2 of 4Country Life7 June 1919   
Item 3 of 4Country Life21 June 1919   
Item 4 of 4Country Life14 August 1919   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Hamilton Muniments, LennoxloveHamilton Muniments DrawingsTD 80/100/21 
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index  


© All rights reserved. © courtesy of RIAS. From RIASQ 1924, no9 p27 

© All rights reserved. © courtesy of RIAS. From RIASQ 1924, no9 p27