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Mertoun House (Harden House)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house, Old Mertoun House, dated 1677, on the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: In the early 19th century the writer Sir Walter Scott, a relation of the Scotts of Mertoun, was a regular visitor; he composed "The Eve of St. John" at Mertoun House. The Hepburne-Scott family sold Mertoun in 1912 to John Egerton, Viscount Brackley, later 4th Earl of Ellesmere. Between 1953 and 1955 the 19th and 20th century additions to the House were demolished, leaving Mertoun with its original 18th century footprint.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: In 1984 the 7th Duke (then Francis Egerton) established the Mertoun Gardens Trust as a charitable organization to run the 26-acre Garden and open it to the public.

  • Architect: William Bruce

    Date: Circa 1703
    Designed: New House for Sir William Scott

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    Architect: William Burn

    Date: 1843-44
    Designed: South Wing (demolished 1953) of House for Henry Hepburne-Scott, 7th Lord Polwarth

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    Architect: Ian Gordon Lindsay

    Date: 1953-55
    Designed: Demolished 19th and 20th century additions to House

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  • Vitruvius Scoticus: Pl. 142

    Country Life: Jun 2 & 9, 1966.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 176, 189
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 1179
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 12
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Francis Ronald Egerton, 7th Duke of Sutherland; Egerton family here since 1912.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Halliburton family, 17th century. Sir William Scott of Harden, late 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir William Scott, early 18th century; Henry Hepburne-Scott, 7th Lord Polwarth, 19th century. John Egerton, Viscount Brackley, later 4th Earl of Ellesmere, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only

    Phone: 01835-823-236

    Historic Houses Member: Yes