Presentation drawing for a ruinous folly, 1777, unexecuted (1)
These ruins are very large and magnificent, rivalled only by the ruins Adam designed for Osterley. This is the only surviving drawing for these ruins, but King suggests that the structure might have been L-shaped like those Adam designed for Croome Court, Mellerstain and Tulloch Castle.
According to King this is Adam's stable design for Brampton Bryan, but (Adam volume 37/60) renders it unnecessary. In the 1996 Creative Mind exhibition Tait suggested that this design was intended as a court of domestic offices, and was based on Adam's Roman topographical drawings, specifically those for the Aurelian walls and Diocletian's Palace at Spalatro. In 2000, in the Robert Adam's Castles exhibition Astley concurred, suggesting that it was intended as a stable and coach house. Since that publication, Astley has revised his opinion on this, and believes it to be a scheme for works to one of the genuine Roman sites to the east, forming a ruinous eye catcher.