The House of the Binns is situated on the western slopes of twin hills (in old Scots “binns”) three miles east of Linlithgow. The present house was built between 1612 and 1630 by Thomas Dalyell, an Edinburgh butter merchant.
Thomas’s son, General Tam Dalyell (1615-1685) added a western range, creating a “U”-shaped building around a cobbled court. In the 1740s Sir Robert Dalyell, the 4th baronet, added the present Morning Room and Dining Room on the site of the old cobbled court. The entrance was transferred to the north side, giving access to the present hall formed from the old laigh hall and dining room. Sir Robert’s son, James continued these improvements in the 1820s. The east and west ranges were enlarged and the roofs crenellated giving the present appearance to the house.
I was commissioned to carry out the paint analysis of the Laigh and High Halls.
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Dec 9th, 2010 | Patrick | Conservation | National Trust for Scotland | Portfolio | No Comments