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SM Adam volume 36/110


[1] Design for the basement storey of a house and the ground storey of offices, 1790, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a five-by-three-bay block containing domestic offices. There is a central area containing cellars in the south of the building, and these are flanked by a steward’s room and a butler’s room. There is stepped access which links to a passage and rooms to the north, and a central staircase leading to the upper level. The block is linked to five-bay pavilions to the east and west, which are accessed via flights of steps. The pavilion to the east contains a kitchen and staircase, and beyond this there is a rectangular court surrounded by further domestic offices and space for the storage of wood and coals. The dairy is circular and surrounded by niches, and the scullery contains two coppers. The pavilion to the west contains a laundry, wash house, staircase, privy and additional storage for wood and coals. The wash house is an irregular octagonal shape and contains a copper. Beyond the western pavilion there is an enclosed courtyard for drying


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the Ground Story of the House of Ninewells with the Wings, and Offices, & with the Courts at the East and West ends / of the Building- / Plan of Basement Story- (pencil) / C[_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ]of flat Imperial(?) (pencil) / Wood (?) / Coals / Scullery / Kitchen Court (in the hand of William Adam) / privy / Knives & Shoes / Dairy / Larder / Larder / ashes / Kitchen / Pantry / Water Closet / Stewards room / Beer Cellar / Wine in Cask / Bottles / Wine in Bottles / Butlers room / House Keeper / Store room / Servts hall / Pantry / Linen closet / privy / Laundry / Wash house / Coals / wood / Drying Yard / South (pencil) / West (pencil) / North (pencil) / East (pencil) / Bank (pencil) / East (pencil) / 3d (pencil) / 5d (pencil) / 4d (pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • July 1790
    Edinr 4 July 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (730 x 383)


Office hand


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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