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SM Adam volume 30/10


[7] Finished drawing showing the third design for the ground storey c1772-79


Plan of the ground storey of a quadrangular building, being thirteen bays on each side, and with the central three and end bays projecting, and with the a central entrance on the principal front, accessed by a stright flight of steps, and with four oval vestibules inside the court, which connect to a large central circular building, with small rooms arranged in a fan around a central circular room, supported by a circular internal colonnade


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the first Story of Register Offices for Scotland / Second Design / Reading Room / Library / Passage / Principal Clerk / Under Clerk / Registrtion Office / Warrants of Registers / Extractos Closet / Extractors Closet / Extractors Common Hall / Passage / Warrants of Decreets / Under Clerk / Principal Clerk / Passage / Principal Clerk / Passage / Under Clerk / Warrants of Decreets / Passage / Extractors Common Hall / Extractors Closet / Extractors Closet / Warrants of Registers / Registers Office / Under Clerk / Passage / Principal Clerk / Hall / Passage / Library / Reading Room / Library / Passage / Passage / Library / Court / Vestibule / Passage / Water Closet / Court / Vestibule / Passage / Water Closet / Court / Vestibule / Passage / Court / Water Closet / Vestibule / Passage and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1772-79
    datable to c1772-79

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (612 x 619)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
Tait, 1974, pl. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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