Dundas Castle, West Lothian, Architect, Location, Scottish Building, History
Dundas Castle Scotland : Historic Scottish Home
Historic Scottish Castle, South Queensferry
post updated 2 December 2023
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Location: South Queensferry, nr Edinburgh, West Lothian
Built by William Burn
Stately home of Sir Jack Stewart-Clark and his wife, Lady Lydia
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Dundas Castle is available for exclusive hire
In 1818, James Dundas had the 17th century portion of the building pulled down and rebuilt in a Tudor-Gothic style by the Scottish architect William Burn. Burn also designed many churches and this influence is visible throughout the building. William Burn’s designs for the main state rooms allow for huge windows that look out on to lawns and parkland outside.
The building and extensive gardens had cost so much to construct that the Dundases were forced to sell the castle and lands in 1875. The buyer was William Russell.
It was again sold in 1899, when it was bought along with five farms and 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) of agricultural land by Stewart Clark, the owner of a Renfrewshire textile company and a respected philanthropist. Clark’s son, John, took the double-barrelled surname ‘Stewart-Clark’ in honour of his father, and was made a Baronet in 1918.
By the time Sir Jack inherited the property from his mother in 1995, its fabric had deteriorated substantially. He initially considered selling it, but instead chose to embark on a programme of restoration.
The Keep, uninhabited for over 300 years, had its parapet rebuilt and its stonework restored. Electricity, heating, toilets and a kitchen were then installed.
The dry rot in the castle building was removed, and the drawing room, library and dining room were redecorated. The castle is now a 5-star exclusive venue, often used for weddings.
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