In 1770 Scott married Lady Mary Hay (divorced 1771), and then in 1773 he married Margaret Dundas, third daughter of Robert Dundas of Arniston, Lord President of The Court of Session. It is likely that it was through this Dundas family connection that Scott came into contact with Robert Adam, whom in 1774 he commissioned to make designs for his house in Edinburgh. Adam made two schemes for the house itself, and the second scheme was executed, albeit with an alternative entrance loggia, or porch, to that shown in the elevation drawing. A later design for stables was not executed, and it is not known if Adam decorated the interior. Bellevue House was used as the Excise Office for many years before its demolition in c1840.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 12, 87; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 105, 127-29, Volume II, pp. 122, 215; History of Parliament online: ‘Scott, John (1725-75), of Balcomie, Fife’
Frances Sands, 2013
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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Contents of Bellevue House, Drummond Place, Edinburgh: designs for a house and stables for Major General John Scott, 1774-76 (13)
- Designs for a house, 1774, unexecuted (6)
- Designs for a house, 1774-75, as executed with alterations (4)
- Preliminary design and design, or possibly a working drawing, for the entrance porch, 1775, as executed (2)
- Design for stables, 1776, unexecuted (1)