Listed Building

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HOPETOUN HOUSELB613

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
22/02/1971
Local Authority
West Lothian
Planning Authority
West Lothian
Parish
Abercorn
NGR
NT 8856 79016
Coordinates
308856, 679016

Description

Built by Sir William Bruce 1699-1704 but remodelled and extended by William Adam 1721-48. Consists of corps de logis linked by quadrant colonnades to advanced pavilions. All of ashlar. Before E. front lies a semi-circular terrace ornamented with sphinxes.

CORPS DE LOGIS: Central part of W. front (2 storeys on basement; 7 bays; piended slated roof; portico) is work of Bruce. E. front (long facade faced with giant order of Corinthian pilasters; balustraded attic storey above cornice) is work of W. Adam.

Interior: stair by Bruce (carving by Alexander and William Eizat). Splendid suite of rooms (including Red and Yellow Drawing Rooms by Robert Adam).

PAVILIONS: 1 storey faced with pilasters; central octagonal towers capped by cupolas. Stables in N. pavilion; Ballroom in S.

Statement of Special Interest

John Hope of Hopetoun (Leadhills, Lanarkshire) purchased

Barony of Abercorn 1678 from <> Seton. This and other

properties acquired by Hope in this parish were consolidated

and called Hopetoun Estate. John's son and heir, Charles

(created Earl of Hopetoun 1703) undertook building of

mansion to replace Midhope House. General Sir John Hope,

4th Earl, was born here 1765. John Hope, 7th Earl, first

Governor of Australia, was created Marquess of Linlithgow

1902.

References

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N.S.A.

Groome

Vitruvius Brittanicus, 11 (plans; ills.)

Vitruvius Scoticus (plans; ills.)

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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