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View from ESE Digital image of AG/5232

SC 769796

Description View from ESE Digital image of AG/5232

Date c. 1920

Catalogue Number SC 769796

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 5232

Scope and Content Poltalloch House, Argyll & Bute, from east-south-east This shows the courtyard in front of the main entrances to the two-storeyed main block and the single-storeyed and attic east block. The smooth ashlar gate piers are surmounted with model stags and support a pair of decorative wrought-iron gates. The family probably placed these stags in such a prominent position because stags are the 'supporters' at each side of the family crest which is the semicircular armorial panel on the parapet. When the house was abandoned in the 1950s the stags were moved above the entrance to the house and placed on top of the gate piers at Duntrune Castle's farm steading. Family and guests would have entered the house by the arched entrance below the large canted bay window. The carriages used for transport by the Malcolm family would have entered and left the stables through the large arched entrance on the right. The servants and tradesmen who worked in or delivered goods to the house would have used entrances to the stable and kitchen courtyards which were at the rear, out of sight from the family and their guests. William Burn (1789-1870) built Poltalloch House for the Malcolm family between 1849 and 1853 in an English Jacobean style, and William Andrews Nesfield (1793-1881) designed the gardens at the same time. The roof of the house was removed in 1957 when the Malcolms moved to Duntrune Castle and the house has remained a ruin ever since. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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