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Lothian, Except Edinburgh

Scottish Architecture Publication

Colin McWilliam Book

Colin McWilliam, Christopher Wilson

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1978, Penguin Books, 528pp

Lothian, Except Edinburgh

Lothian (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)

Hardcover – March 11, 1978

by Colin McWilliam (Author), Christopher Wilson (Author)

Lothian boasts some of Scotland’s most picturesque villages and fine Georgian towns, but its architectural history goes back to the twelfth century. The introduction of monastic orders and the establishment of the parish churches has left examples at Dalmeny and Tyninghame.

Lothian also has fine church buildings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries while schisms within the Reformed religion are reflected in a variety of lesser churches. Tower-houses are reminders of war and conflict and of the power struggles of the nobility, poignantly expressed in the ruins of Linlithgow Palace.

More peaceful and prosperous years, both before and after the Act of Union, produced large estates and a series of fine classical mansion houses – Newhailes, Yester House, Dalkeith – while the grandiloquent Hopetoun, Newliston and Gosford House testify to the genius of the Adams, father and sons. Where Tantallon, Dirleton and other early castles were defensive, their successors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such as Dalmeny and Dalhousie, are unashamedly romantic.

Lothian’s achievements of the Industrial Revolution range form the simplicity of Telford’s Lothian Bridge to the dramatic and celebrated spans of the Forth Rail Bridge.
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