Drumlanrig: The Castle, its People and its Paintings [Paperback]

Richard Buccleuch(Author); Fritz von der Schulenburg(Photographer); John Montagu Douglas Scott(Editor)

ISBN: 9780995756632 | Published by: Cornucopia Books/Caique Publishing | Series: The Buccleuch Houses | Volume: 1 | Year of Publication: 2022 | 3rd | Language: English 112p, H9.45 x W9.45, 160 color plates
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With its picturesque domes, walls of pale pink sandstone and splendid Dumfriesshire setting, Drumlanrig is one of Scotland’s most romantic castles, its story entwined with that of the country itself. Today’s castle was superimposed on a medieval Douglas stronghold by the 1st Duke of Queensberry and took a decade to build. Finished in 1689, its North Front is a stunning stage set of dressed stone, classical pilasters and carvings of swags, scrolls and spooky faces. The 2nd Duke, known as ‘The Union Duke’ for his role in the 1707 Act of Union, added the great oak staircase, while his son created the vast gardens. The 4th Duke, a rakish cousin known as ‘Old Q’, left it to future Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry to rescue the castle and fill it with treasures, including Rembrandt’s luminous Old Woman Reading.

Table of Contents

The Dukes of Queensberry
Renaissance portraits
Gentlemen in the Serving Room
Portraits of the Duchesses
The independent Duchess
The Royals in the story
The Fencible and Militia regiments

The Front Hall
The Inner Hall and Armoury
The Morning Room and Parlour
The Great Oak Staircase
The Dining Room
The Serving Room
The Southwest Tower
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Bedroom
The Ante-Room
The Drawing Room
The Boudoir and its Rembrandt
The White Bedroom
Room 39 and the North Passage
The Charter Room and West Passage
The Northeast Tower and the Basement
The heart of the Castle

Stepping out into the landscape
Views of Drumlanrig
The grand plan
The watercolours
Stone carvings
Up on the roof
Durisdeer and the Queensberry Aisle
Modern landmarks


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