Early to mid 18th century, pair of Baroque gate lodges
and giant gatepiers, with E lodge altered probably circa
1820. Red sandstone ashlar, with squared and snecked
rubble later work. Small-pane glazing pattern to sash
and case windows; grey slates.
W LODGE: unaltered. Pedimented tripartite N elevation;
fluted pilasters with ashlar bands and egg and dart
capitals; architraved openings, with segmental pediment to
door at centre, and pedimented windows in outer bays
with panelled aprons. Metopes and triglyphs to frieze
with varied paterae and 3 heraldic crests above door.
Dentil cornice and pediment with oculus in apex. Urn
finials to apex and end dies. E elevation of 3 bays, with
fluted pilaster detailed as N elevation to right corner
and plain pilaster to left. Recessed bay at centre with
architraved tripartite window; outer bays blank. Frieze,
moulded cornice and blocking course. S elevation blank,
again with urn finials. Ridge ventilator.
E LODGE: N elevation identical to E Lodge. Other
elevations altered when made L-plan circa 1820. S
elevation in 3 wide ashlar bays; plain Doric pilasters
flanking door and to corners; pedimented porch with
Doric columns, at centre, with doorway set in recessed
panel. Minimal paterae to frieze; moulded cornice and
blocking course; urn finials to corners only. W elevation
in snecked masonry with 2 architraved windows grouped
towards S; eaves band course, moulded cornice and
blocking course. Moulded coping to ridge stacks.
Sections of retaining walls at right angles, adjoined to
Lodge at NE.
GATEPIERS: pair of large, square red sandstone ashlar
Baroque gatepiers, with ornamented urn finial, set
directly between lodges.
Each with paired attached Doric columns to N side on
bases, blank E and W sides; round arched keystoned
niche to S, with swag carved below and floral swags
above. Dentilled and moulded cornice.
Statement of Special Interest
W Lodge currently in poor condition. The group
introduced the avenue to Whittingehame Tower, currently
out of service. The early 18th century date seems the
more probable, when the commission would have come from
William Hay of Drumelzier who inherited the estate in
1695, and could have occurred upto 1726, when he died.
Similarities with William Adam's designs for Mavisbank
in 1723 place him in a strong position as author
of the Whittingehame work. The mid 18th century date would
suggest that pattern books had been consulted, such as James
Gibbs RULES FOR DRAWING THE SEVERAL PARTS OF ARCHITECTURE
(1732), or any one of a series of publications of Inigo
Jones designs, by William Kent, Isaac Ware and John
Vardy: the patron would probably be Alexander Hay, who
succeeded William's widow in 1752. The estate plan of 1759
(RHP.2515) shows the Lodges completed. The estate plans
also indicate quadrant walls, though in 2 different
positions; that of 1759 gives a shallow curve to S, possibly
linked to gatepiers, while that of 1871 indicates a bold
northward curve, in no way connected to the piers.