DiCamillo Companion

Balcarres House

  • House & Family History: Balcarres contains important 17th century ceilings. The library has 1622 renaissance paneling from the Rubens House (Rubenshuis) in Antwerp, the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens.

    Collections: On May 13, 2020 Lyon & Turnbull auctioned 14 lots from Balcarres House, including a rare 18th century Chinese imperial vase that sold for £45,000 (see "Images" section). The Qianlong painted enamel lotus vase was made in the Imperial Workshops in the Forbidden City and features a floral design against a vibrant yellow ground. The vase was probably part of the collection of Chinese art and literature amassed at Balcarres in the 19th century by the 25th Earl of Crawford.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: In 1813 a sham ruin in the style of a circular tower (extant) was built on a hill on the Balcarres House Estate.

  • Architect: Robert Balfour

    Date: 1804
    Designed: Added south wing for Robert Lindsay

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    Architect: William Burn

    Date: 1838
    Designed: Additions

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    Architect: David Bryce

    Date: 1863
    Designed: Additions

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 182, 1853.

  • Title: Guide to the Country Houses of the North-West, A
    Author: Robinson, John Martin
    Year Published: 1991
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company Limited
    ISBN: 0094699208
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed as a Garden & Designed Landscape

  • Current Seat / Home of: Robert Alexander Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford and 12th Earl of Balcarres; Lindsay family here since 1595.

    Past Seat / Home of: William Lindsay, 18th Earl of Crawford and 2nd Earl of Lindsay, until 1698; John Lindsay, 19th Earl of Crawford and 3rd Earl of Lindsay, 1698-1713; John Lindsay, 20th Earl of Crawford and 4th Earl of Lindsay, 1713-49; George Lindsay-Crawford, 21st Earl of Crawford and 5th Earl of Lindsay, 1749-81; George Lindsay-Crawford, 22nd Earl of Crawford and 6th Earl of Lindsay, 1781-1808; Alexander Lindsay, 23rd Earl of Crawford and 6th Earl of Balcarres, 1808-25; James Lindsay, 24th Earl of Crawford and 7th Earl of Balcarres, 1825-69; Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, 1869-80; James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres, 1880-1913; David Alexander Edward Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford and 10th Earl of Balcarres, 1913-40; David Alexander Robert Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres, 1940-75.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Website: https://www.eastneukestates.co.uk/

    Historic Houses Member: No