Listed Building

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WHIM HOUSE (NOW THE WHITE HOUSE HOTEL)LB15180

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
23/02/1971
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Parish
Newlands
NGR
NT 21353 53688
Coordinates
321353, 653688

Description

Originally called Blair-Bog, the estate was purchased circa 1730 by Archibald, Earl of Islay, afterwards third Duke of Argyle. He embarked upon a remarkable agricultural experiment, endeavouring with some degree of success to reclaim and improve the property upon which he early bestowed the appropriate name of Whim. The dwelling house erected 1731-4 corresponds to the central portion of the existing mansion, some general superintendance of the building operations apparently being exercised by William Adam. Later a library was erected in 1759 by the architect John Adam. In 1763 the 4th Duke of Argyle sold the estate to James Montgomery, later Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer and 1st Baron of Stanhope, who completely remodelled the house, extending it in length and raising it a storey in height, refashioning the interior. These alterations left the exterior much as it appears today.

References

Bibliography

Inv 587 plan fig 297.

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