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Detail of statue of dog at foot of stone stair (no.2 on plan), from South East. Digital image of D 59519.

SC 757623

Description Detail of statue of dog at foot of stone stair (no.2 on plan), from South East. Digital image of D 59519.

Date 1/4/1999

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 757623

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 59519

Scope and Content Statue of a dog on stone stair from south-east, Drummond Castle, Perth & Kinross This shows a sculpture of a dog placed to 'guard' one of the stone staircases which lead down to the formal parterre gardens from the castle. Behind him a stone ball marks the angle of the stair. The dog symbolises fidelity is seated in a proud and alert pose. A similar dog's head surmounts the Drummond coat of arms. Although there were always gardens associated with the castle, it was not until the 1820s that the present saltire (Scottish flag)-shaped parterre was laid out. The design is constructed from paths bordered by brightly-coloured flowering shrubs and beds of flowers, which lead the eye to a variety of sculptures, fountains, temples and grottoes. Drummond Castle was built c.1490, but the complex of buildings visible today consist of a gatehouse which was added in 1630-6 by architect John Mylne III (1611-67) and an L-plan mansion built for the 4th Earl of Perth in 1689. The mansion was extended in the 18th or early 19th century, and remodelled in Baronial style into its present form by architect G T Ewing in 1878 and 1900. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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