The Entrance Facade
The Garden Facade
The Garden Facade from a circa 1915 postcard
The Rear Garden
House & Family History: The Estate of Mellerstain was granted by royal charter to George Baillie of Jerviswood in 1642, though mention of it is found as early as 1451. His descendant, George Baillie, and his wife, Lady Grisell Baillie, commissioned the design of the current house in the 18th century. William Adam designed the two wings in the early 18th century, while his son, the famous Robert Adam, designed the central block of House, which was built between 1770 and 1778. The Library is particularly famous and is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Neoclassical decoration and color in Britain, with extraordinary plasterwork that incorporates marble busts by Roubiliac.
Collections: A set of four Paul Storr wine coolers, circa 1817-18, was sold at Sotheby's on November 22, 1984 for £121,000. In 1988 Louis-François Roubiliac's two busts of "Grizel, Lady Stanhope," dated 1746 and 1747, were taken in place of tax, given to National Museums of Scotland, and loaned back to Mellerstain. There is a fine collection of paintings on display, including works by van Dyck, Gainsborough, Ramsay, Aitken, and Nasmyth. Some of the contents from Tyninghame House, another family house, were moved to Mellerstain.
Comments: Mellerstain is frequently cited as one of the finest examples of Georgian design in Scotland. The Library is called Robert Adam's finest creation.
Garden & Outbuildings: The Italian-styled terraced garden was laid out in 1909 by Sir Reginald Blomfield and looks over a wooded lake to the Cheviot Hills. Mellerstain won the HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award in 1998 (shared with Iford Manor).
Country Life: XXXVIII, 648 plan, 1915. CXXIV, 416 plan, 476, 1958.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
Author: Sayer, Michael
Year Published: 1993
Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Listed
Seat of: George Baillie-Hamilton, 14th Earl of Haddington.
Past Seat of: George Baillie, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home