The entrance facade from a 1907 postcard
The house from a 1907 postcard
Earlier Houses: The current house was built on the site of the Medieval Melville Castle, which was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots, when it was owned by her secretary, David Rizzio.
Built / Designed For: 1st Viscount Melville
House & Family History: Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, called the uncrowned king of Scotland during his lifetime, was a powerful and important figure in late 18th-early 19th century Scotland. He served as lord advocate, solicitor general for Scotland, keeper of the signet and privy seal, and treasurer of the Royal Navy. Many places around Scotland are named in his honor, including Dundas Street and the Melville Monument, both in Edinburgh. Because of his efforts to slow down the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in the 1790s, his reputation has declined considerably; during the early 21st century multiple campaigns to remove his name from monuments, buildings, and streets in Scotland gained momentum.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pg. 813
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
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 as a Garden & Designed Landscape
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: David Rizzio, 16th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, 1790-1811; Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, 1811-51; General Henry Dundas, 3rd Viscount Melville, 1851-76; Dundas family here from 1765 until 1983.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel
Ownership Details: Owned by Melville Castle Hotel Ltd.