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Preliminary design and finished drawings for a house, c1772-86, unexecuted (5)

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George Ross demolished the fifteenth-century Cromarty Castle in favour of rebuilding in 1772-74. Adam did make these designs for a small house for Ross, but the scale of the design is incompatible with that of Cromarty House, and they were presumably not intended as the principal seat of the estate. The proposed location of this small house is unknown. It is not thought to have been executed.

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Contents of Preliminary design and finished drawings for a house, c1772-86, unexecuted (5)