Adam’s monument was executed by an unknown sculptor within the park at Kelburn Castle, North Ayrshire, the principal estate of the Earls of Glasgow. The Boyle family (originally de Boyville) came to Britain in 1066, and have been in constant possession of Kelburn since 1140. Construction of the castle at Kelburn began in c1200, although the majority of the extant fabric is datable to 1581. Adam’s monument to the Earl survives within the park. It comprises a fourteen-foot high pyramid in high relief, with an inscription panel, coat of arms, and niche containing a sculpted female figure and urn. Kelburn remains in the possession of the 10th Earl of Glasgow, and since 1977 the park has been open to the public as the Kelburn Country Centre.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, index pp. 54, 72; D. King, The complete works in architecture of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, pp. 363, 367; C. Mosley (ed.), Burke’s peerage, baronetage & knightage, 2003, p. 1564
Frances Sands, 2014
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 Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire: monument to John Boyle, 3rd Earl of Glasgow, probably commissioned by Elizabeth, Countess of Glasgow, 1775, as executed (14)
- Preliminary design and finished drawings for the first scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted (3)
- Preliminary designs and finished drawing for the second scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted (3)
- Preliminary designs and finished drawing for the third scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted (3)
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for the fourth scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, unexecuted (2)
- Preliminary design, finished drawing and working drawing for the fifth scheme for the funerary monument, 1775, executed with minor alterations (3)