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SM Adam volume 37/53


[2] Design for the house, 1774, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a triangular house, with a central lozenge-shaped block, with two projecting square towers on each of the rear fronts and the principal fronts connect to five-bay links, beyond which are oval pavilions, with circular towers at each corner, and between these is the principal range, with five-bay links, and a central circular entrance, flanked by projecting square towers, and with a porte cochère


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of Barnbougle Castle one of the Seats / of The Earl of Roseberry (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / Closet / Gardrobe / Lord Rosebery's Dress Room / Closet / Valets Room / Water Closet / Housekeepers room / House keepers Store Room / Closet / Staircase / Staircase / Lobby / Court / Butlers Pantry / Anti Room / Great Staircase / Court / Servants Room / Area / Kitchen Court / Closet / Closet / Skullery / Larder / Pantry / Kitchen / Passage /Closet / Staircase / Servants Hall / Closet / Libby / Court / Staircase / Vestibule / Sub Hall / Porch / Closet / Coffee Room / Staircase / Lobby / Closet / Staircase / Passage / Closet / Billiard Room / Water Closet / Staircase / Low Parlor / Court and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (784 x 512)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Tait, 1981, p. 421
Rowan, 1985, p. 98
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 161
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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