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  • image SM Adam volume 30/35

Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/35


[1] Design for the ground floor of a castle-style building, 1793, unexecuted


Basement (ground) floor plan comprising a central block containing seven rooms arranged around a central open-well staircase with flanking service wings connected by curved links terminating in pavilions. There is an octagonal room to the rear. Rooms include the servant’s hall, a temporary kitchen, servant’s rooms, house keeper’s room, store rooms, a kitchen and a wash house


to a scale


Plan of the Basement Story / (and in the hand of William Adam) of Knockear Castle / (and in another hand) Kitchen / Scullery / Pantry / Larder / Coal [_ _] / Servts [_ _ _] / [_ _ _ _] Knives Shoes [_] / Dust / Ashes [_] / Men Servts Bedroom / Servts Hall / Closet / Womens Servts room / or / Temporary Kitchen / Closet / Cellar / Cellar / Maids / Maids / House Keepers / room / Storeroom / area / Closet / Dairy / Dust / Ashes / [_] / Coats / Cellar / Door / Window / Wash Ho. / Closet with some room dimensions

Signed and dated

  • 8/10/1793
    Albemarle Street / Octr 8th 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (470x294)


Adam office hand, possibly John Robertson


W surmounted by a shield with a fleur de lis above


Bolton, Volume II, Index, 1922, p.20
King, Volume 2, 2001, pp. 138, 163
Further literary references in scheme notes



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