DiCamillo Companion

Keir House (Kier House)

  • House & Family History: In 1975 the House and 15,000 acres were sold for £2 million by Bill Stirling, brother of Special Air Service (SAS) founder Sir David Stirling, to Mahdi Al Tajir, a Dubai businessman and United Arab Emirates ambassador.

    Collections: Most of the contents of Keir House were sold at Christie's in December of 1982. In 1995 further contents were auctioned for more than £1.5 million. Also in 1995, six paintings were auctioned for £553,000 in Sotheby's Old Masters sale, including "The Pieta" by Luis de Morales, which was hammered down for £311,000.

  • Architect: Robert Rowand Anderson

    Date: 1899-1901
    Designed: Additions

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    Architect: Arthur Forman Balfour Paul

    Date: 1912
    Designed: Alterations and additions

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    Architect: David Hamilton

    Date: 1820-31
    Designed: Alterations and 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: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 124, 1855.

    Country Life: CLVII. 326, 390, 506, 1975.

  • Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Outstanding

  • Current Seat / Home of: Mahdi Al-Tajir; here since 1975.

    Past Seat / Home of: Bill Stirling, late 20th century; Stirling and Stirling-Maxwell families, here from the 15th century until 1975.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No