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SM Adam volume 30/7


[4] Second design for the basement storey, c1772-79


Plan of the basement storey of a rectangular building with projecting end bays, with a circular building on one side, and the whole is within a sunken area


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 fee


Plan of the Ground / Basement (in the hand of William Adam) / Story of the Register Office for the Public Records of Scotland (for the Public Records of Scotland in the hand of William Adam) / No / 1. Commissary Offices / 2. Chancery Records / 3. Record Rooms for Principal Clerks of Session / 4. Exchequer Records / 5. Lumber Records in lock'd Presses / 6. Admiralty Office and Record Room / 7. Minute Office / 8. Record Room / 9. Guard Room / 10. Coal Cellars &ca / 11. Passages leading to the Furnaces / 12. Vaulted Passage / 13. Porters Room / 14. Lamps and the drawing is annotated with numbers

Signed and dated

  • 1772-79
    datable to c1772-79

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (620 x 480)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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