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  • image SM Adam volume 30/8

Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/8


[5] Finished drawing showing the second design for the ground storey, c1772-79


Plan of the ground storey of a thirteen- by five-bay rectangular building, with the end bays projecting, and the central three bays projecting on the principal front, with a central entrance accessed by a flight of straight steps, and with a sixteen-bay circular building to the rear, with a central circular room supported by a colonade of square shafts, and with two courts to either side of the circular building


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the first Story of Register Offices for Scotland. / Third Design / Bill Chamber / Principal Clerk / Under Clerk / Warrants of Decreets / Extractors Closet / Extractors Common Hall / Extractors Closet / Staircase / Court / Water Closet / Passage / Warrants of Register / Registration Office / Under Clerk / Principal Clerk / Hall / Principal Clerk / Under lerk / Passage / Registration Office / Warrants Registers / Extractors Closet / Passage / Extractors Common Hall / Extractors Closet / Warrants of Decreets / Under Clerk / Prinicpal Clerk / Teind (?) Office / Staircase / Court / Water Closet / Passage / Housekeepers Room / Horning Office / Sasine (?) Office / Passage / Justiciary / Justiciary / Sheriff Records / Sheriffs Writing Room / Sheriff Records / Admiralty Office / Admiralty Office / Passage / Signet Office / Signet Office / Porter's Room and some measurements given (verso) 8 / 8

Signed and dated

  • 1772-79
    datable to c1772-79

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (688 x 498)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi




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



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