Basic Site Details

Name: Dalhousie Castle
City or county: Midlothian
Country: Scotland
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Country House  
Item 2 of 2Hotel  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41760s Alterations and additionsIncluding new roof
Item 2 of 417781779Repair 
Item 3 of 418261828Alterations and additions 
Item 4 of 41972 Alteration/conversionInterior replanned as a hotel


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 9John DouglasArchitectC1760s Alterations - including new roof.

Sir Walter Scott states that the castle was 'mangled by a fellow called I believe Douglas, who destroyed as far as in him lay its military and baronial character and roof'd it after the fashion of a Poor's house'. A pyramidal Georgian roof is visible in views of the castle prior to Burn's restoration of 1826-7.
Item 2 of 9George PatersonArchitectB17781779Repairs
Item 3 of 9William BurnArchitectA18261828Alterations and additions
Item 4 of 9(Captain) Donald Punyer WhitehornArchitectA1972 Interior replanned as a hotel
Item 5 of 9Andrew Martin DalgleishArchitectA1972 Interior replanned as a hotel
Item 6 of 9James Allan Hugh Mottram (or James A H Mottram)ArchitectA1972 Interior replanned as a hotel
Item 7 of 9Mottram Patrick Whitehorn Dalgleish & Partners A1972 Interior replanned as a hotel
Item 8 of 9Ronald DrylieArchitectA1972 Interior replanned as a hotel
Item 9 of 9Thomas Edward PatrickArchitectA1972 Interior replanned as a hotel


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Dalhousie, 8th Earl ofProbably the client for the Douglas work. He succeeded in 1764. He is one of the executors in Douglas's will.
Item 2 of 2Dalhousie, 9th Earl ofClient for William Burn and other work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Anderson, E K (ed)1972Journal  p403
Item 2 of 6Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 6McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  p151
Item 4 of 6RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 6 of 6Small, J1883Castles and Mansions of the Lothians  volume i

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Transactions1870  p125-128 List of works by Burn compiled by T L Donaldson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 45/19/188 and /123Accounts etc
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection