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Mellerstain House, Mausoleum

Mausoleum (18th Century)

Site Name Mellerstain House, Mausoleum

Classification Mausoleum (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Mellerstain House Policies

Canmore ID 104341

Site Number NT63NW 18.03

NGR NT 64233 39338

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/104341

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Earlston
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Berwickshire

Accessing Scotland's Past Project

The mausoleum to Lady Grisel Baillie (1665-1746) lies in the policies of Mellerstain House. It has been attributed to c1770, and was evidently commissioned by her grandson George, who completed the building of Mellerstain House. It is a small Classical structure, with a pedimented facade, which makes extensive use of rustication.

Born Grisel Hume, Lady Grisel was involved in her family intrigues from an early age. Her family was exiled to Holland on account of their Covenanting sympathies, as were the Baillies of Mellerstain. It was during this period that Grisel Hume's friendship with George Baillie developed. They subsequently married, following King William's succession to the throne, after which the estates of both the Humes and the Baillies were restored.

Lady Grisel is renowned for the detailed book of notes relating to household management, a source which has provided an important insight into life on an eighteenth-century country estate.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project

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Visibility: Unknown. The state of preservation of this structure or monument is unknown.

Information from Scottish Borders Council.

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