At the southern end of the fort complex is the Governor’s House, now The Highlanders Museum, and it contains two chimneypieces, probably by James Adam, of c1767, in the drawing room and the great dining room, installed shortly before the completion of the fort. A third contemporary chimneypiece design survives in the Adam drawings collection, but there is no evidence that this was executed.
Fort George received various improvements during the nineteenth century, and was even considered as a place of confinement for Napoleon. It has been the headquarters of various regiments, currently The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and is open to the public.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 13, 87; J. Fleming, Robert Adam and his circle, 1962, pp. 64, 84, 86; J. Gifford, The buildings of Scotland: Highlands and islands, 1992, pp. 174-75; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume I, p. 31
Frances Sands, 2012
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 Fort George, Inverness: executed and unexecuted designs for chimneypieces for Major-General William Skinner, c1767 (5)
- Preliminary design and finished drawing for a chimneypiece for the great dining room, c1767, as executed (2)
- Alternative finished drawings for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, c1767, as executed (2)
- Finished drawing for a chimneypiece for General Skinner's bedchamber, c1767, unexecuted (1)