DiCamillo Companion

Lauriston Castle

  • House & Family History: Lauriston was originally a Scottish tower house built in the 1890s. William Burn made substantial additions in 1824; this was followed by William Robert Reid, who bought the Castle in 1903 and decorated its interiors in lavish Edwardian fashion. Reid, who died in 1919, was the owner of the Edinburgh cabinet maker Morison & Company and was a keen connoisseur and collector.

    Collections: Reid filled Lauriston Castle with a top-notch collection of 18th century Italian furniture, Sheffield Plate, Caucasion carpets, tapestries, and Derbyshire blue john. The collection is in situ and came with the House when it was given to the nation in 1926.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The House sits in 30 acres of parkland.

  • Architect: William Burn

    Date: 1824
    Designed: Additions to House

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    Architect: William Reid

    Date: 1903-19
    Designed: Modernized interiors and decorated for himself

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    Architect: William Henry Playfair the Younger

    Date: 1845
    Designed: Alterations to House
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  • Title: Johansens Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens, 1999
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: Johansens
    ISBN: 1860175066
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Category C

    Park Listed: Listed as a Garden & Designed Landscape

  • Past Seat / Home of: William Robert Reid, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by City of Edinburgh Council.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01313-361-921

    Website: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No