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SM Adam volume 37/56


[5] Preliminary design for the house, 1774, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (south-west) front, of a crenellated house, with a four-storey, L-shaped central block, with a hipped roof, a central single-storey, three-bay tower above the roof, and ornamented with bartizan pepper-pot towers, and in front of this there is a two-storey range, divided into two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay circular towers, connected by two-storey, four-bay links, and the outer links have relieving arches over the windows, and crenellations along the roof line, and the central link contains a central door within a large relieving arch, surmounted by three oculus windows, and flanked by square towers


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


South West Front / Different Design for Barnbougle Castle / one of the Seats of the Earl of Roseberry (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (655 x 496)


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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