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Scotland

Duns Castle (Dunse Castle)

  • Earlier Houses: Elements of the earlier medieval castle were incorporated into the current house.

    Collections: A portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (probably the most iconic image of Bonnie Prince Charlie) by Louis-Gabriel Blanchet was commissioned in Rome in 1739 by William Hay and remained in the collection of Duns until the mid-20th century. At the Christie's sale of the property of Lt. Colonel G.H. Hay in 1966, the portrait was purchased by Queen Elizabeth II. It remains in the Royal Collection today.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: John Baxter designed the gateway in a Gothic style in 1791 and the Stables between 1792 and 1794.

  • Architect: James Gillespie Graham

    Date: 1818-22
    Designed: House

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    Architect: John Baxter, Jr.

    Date: 1791-94
    Designed: Stables and gateway in Gothic style for Robert Hay

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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. VI, 1823. Scotland, 1830.

  • Title: Buildings of Scotland: Borders, The
    Author: Cruft, Kitty; Dunbar, John; Fawcett, Richard; et al
    Year Published: 2006
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300107021
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 113
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed

  • "Mrs. Brown" (1997)
  • Current Seat / Home of: Alexander Hay of Duns; Hay family here since 1696.

    Past Seat / Home of: Robert Hay, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: House is available for private events.

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Phone: 01361-883-211

    Fax: 01361-882-015

    Email: info@dunscastle.co.uk

    Website: http://www.dunscastle.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No