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Panmure House

Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Panmure House

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Panmure Estate; Panmure House Policies

Canmore ID 34533

Site Number NO53NW 12

NGR NO 53734 38625

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Panbride
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes

NO53NW 12.00 53734 38625

(NO 5373 3862) Panmure House (NAT)

OS 6" map (1923)

Panmure House, which consisted of a central block with lateral extensions flanked by square towers, has been demolished, only a modern stable block remaining. The earliest portion was erected in the late 17th century, but extensive alterations took place about 1860 (A Millar 1890).

Visited by OS (JLD) 30 May 1958

Architecture Notes


NO53NW 12.00 53734 38625 Panmure House

NO53NW 12.01 53895 38134 Den Cottage

NO53NW 12.02 54215 37682 Gardener's Cottage

NO53NW 12.03 53036 38398 West Gate Bridge

NO53NW 12.04 53170 38397 Montague Bridge

NO53NW 12.05 53090 38445 West Gate

NO53NW 12.06 54514 38826 East Gate, Lodges

NO53NW 12.07 53524 38244 Footbridge over Monikie Burn

NO53NW 12.08 53280 38277 Gazebo 1

NO53NW 12.09 53530 38274 Gazebo 2

NO53NW 12.10 53755 38956 Commemorative Column

NO53NW 12.11 c. 516 376 Artificial Ruins (Folly)

NO53NW 12.12 54361 38530 Margaret's Mount

NO53NW 12.13 5427 3780 Panmure Gardens (walled garden)

NO53NW 12.14 52838 37083 Mains of Panmure

NO53NW 12.15 53786 38586 Stables

NO53NW 12.16 53771 38608 Service Court

Panmure House has been demolished. Blown up December 1955.

ARCHITECT: David Bryce (Built round house originally by R,Mylne, Snr. and Robert Adam) - demolished.

See Architects' File under John Mylne (1666).

Robert Adam 1762. Design for new West front and stables - not carried out. Design for Chimneypiece

sold at Sotheby's 19 June, 1982, photocopy of catalogue in NMRS.


National Archive of Scotland

RHP 6050-6057 - 1889: Feuing plan

Building of Panmure House, Volume.

'This book contains the whole charges of building the house of Panmure in the year of God 1666. John Milne, Master to the King's Majesty being undertaker of the work, the terms and condititons past and agreed upon betwixt George, Earl of Panmure and John Milne.'

1666-1670 GD 45/27/128

(some details to follow).

Volume in which are noted building expenses.

1. Contract (Master Masons: John Milne and Alexander Nisbet).

2. Names and numbers of Masons (16) and barrowmen in 1666.

3. Sums paid to masons and barrowmen.

4. The sums paid to wrights who made the Lodge and scaffolding.

5. List of various payments.

6. Payments for timber and its carriage.

7. Sums paid to Alexander Nisbet (Master Mason), 26 masons, 3 apprentices, barrowman and quarriers.

8. As above but number of masons now 24.

9. Account for slates from 1668.

Complete payment to Alexander Cow for slate work of the body of house 1669 and for the new stables, 1670.

10. Sums paid for nails.

11. Sums paid to wrights.

1666-1670 GD 45/27/128

Estimates, contracts, minutes of agreement, reports, discharged accounts, letters and measurements.

1664-1701 GD 45/18/564-625

(Some details to follow)

Tradesmen: Masons: John Milne, King's Master Mason. John Bachop, Tobias Bachop, David Barre, John Barre, John Crow, Alexander Nysbet, Archibald Rule, and James Walker.

1664-1701 GD 45/18/564-625.

Estimates for building the stables and coach houses for Panmure House.

A comparison of the estimate of ?1, 243.13.8 from Robert Adam and that of ?639.19.10 from John Smart.

1760 GD 45/18/2245

Estimates for building the front of the stables and the coach houses.

Observations n the estimates from Robert Adam and John Smart.

1760 GD 45/18/2245

Sketches are for a gate, a fireplace, panelling and a Chinese rail.

(18th century) GD 45/26/105

Sketches for chimney pieces (for Panmure?). The sketches are for chimneys in the Palour and in Dressing Room.

N.d GD 45/26/125

Slaters: James Horn, Andrew Low, Andrew Smith and Patrick Steven.

Smiths: Alexander Blair and John Thomsone

1664-1701 GD 45/18/564-625

Building of Outhouses and gates.

Discharge by John and David Barre, masons, for payment.

1664 GD 45/18/564

Note of conditions agreed between the Earl of Panmure and John Milne, master mason, for the building of the new house.

1666 GD 45/18/565

Agreements for building Panmure House (5) Between the Earl of Panmure and:

1. John Milne, the Kings Master Mason.

2. Alexander Nysbet, mason.

3 and 4 James Baine, wright.

5. James Walker, Archibald Rule and James Crow, masons

1660-1669 GD 45/18/566

Charles Wilson has fulfilled his contract and in addition he has painted the parlour 'in princes wood' and the arms upon the chimney piece. Account for ?764.13.4 (Scots) and receipt.

1971 GD 45/18/591/2 and 3

Minute of agreement with James Walker, mason, for building stables, byres and a washing house.

1672 GD 45/18/598

Building of (West) Gate at Panmure House.

Agreement with Alexander Nisbet, mason of burgess of Edinburgh for building a gate.

1672 GD 45/18/599

Minute of agreement with James Bane, the King's Master Wright, for plaster and wright work.

1672 GD 45/18/600

Alterations and repairs at Panmure House.

List of accounts.

Plasterer: George Low. Wright: James Anderson

Masons: Thomas Falconer and William Lyons.

Quarry: Pitscandlie.

1776 GD 45/18/2303

Alterations and repairs at Panmure House.

Account for Thomas Falconer, mason.

1777 GD 45/18/2310

List of buildings on the estate on which William Maule has spent money.

It includes churches, manses, schools and farms in Arbirlot, Barry, Brechin, Carmyllie, Dundee, Inverkeillor, Lethnot, Lochlee, Monifieth, Monikie, Panbride and St Vigeans.

Pre-1831 GD 48/18/2361

Accounts (2) from Alexander Nisbet for mason work. They amount to ?2,389 and ?2, 123.

1670 GD 45/18/585

Minute and draft of agreement with James Walker, Archibald Ruell and James Craw, masons, with discharge accounts.

1670-1672 GD 45/18/586

Painting of Panmure House.

Account for work at Panmure from Charles Wilson, painter. It amounts to ?324. Scots.

1673 GD 45/18/591/4

Contract between Charles Wilson, painter, and the Earl of Panmure. It concerns painting the windows of the 1st and upper storeys.

1671 GD 45/18/591/1

Note of measurement of glass required for the different storeys of the house.

N.d GD 45/18/624

Proposed building of Panmure House.

Draft of a letter to a person to be in charge of the building. Some indications are given of the type of plan required. It is to include a basement floor and cellars.

N.d GD 45/18/623

Sketch windows of Panmure House.

Sketch shows the windows in relation to the stair.

Included in papers concerning glazier work.

1714 and 1717 GD 45/18/815

'The Ruin in the wood to the North West of the House'

A later note added to an inventory explains that James Maule, grieve at Panmure from c.1748-c.1753, was in charge of the masons when 'the Ruin' was built.

1881 GD 45/18/951

Books of discharges by Alexander Nisbet, mason burgess of Edinburgh, partly in the name of John Milne, the King's Master Mason, of payment for mason's work.

1666-1670 GD 45/18/567

Supervision of building of Panmure House.

Agreement between George, Earl of Panmure, and Alexander Nisbet, mason, for provision and supervision of masons for building of Panmure House.

1668 GD 45/18/569

Contract with Alexander Nisbet, mason burgess of Edinburgh, for building the porch, raising the bastions another storey, building stables, and other work.

1669 GD 45/18/574

Minute of agreement between the Earl of Panmure and James Baine, wright Burgess of Edinburgh, regarding work to be done at Panmure House.

1669 GD 45/18/577

Estimate of wright work (incomplete).

1669 GD 45/18/581

Wright work at Panmure House.

Discharged account of John Patersone, wright. It concerns woodwork and plasterwork of drawing room, bedroom, new and old kitchens.

1751 GD 45/18/826

Repairs to Panmure House.

Estimate. It concerns woodwork and plaster work in Drawing room, Dining Room and Bedchamber.

N.d GD 45/18/826

Additions at Panmure House.

Elevation and sketch plan for coach houses, stables and dung court.

Estimates for work (2). One dated 1753.

1753 GD 45/25/7

Ornamental dovecot. (Chinese form on column).


N.d GD 45/25/7

Building stables, coach-house and a new West front at Panmure House.

Estimates for designs from Robert Adam at London and John Smart (? Dundee).

1758-1760 GD 45/18/2245

(A note of estimates follows).

Estimate of building stables as designed by (Robert) Adam for Panmure House. It amounts to ?458.9.0.

1758 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate from John Smart for building the coach houses and stables at the House of Panmure to his own design.

It amounts to ?314.1.10.

1758 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate from John Smart for building the coach house and stables as designed by Robert Adam. It amounts to ?549.17.8

1759 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate from John Smart for building the West Front of the House of Panmure to his own plan.

It amounts to ?527.0.8

1759 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate from John Smart for building the West front of the House of Panmure to his own plan.

It amounts to ?527.0.8

1759 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate from John Smart for building the West front of Panmure as designed by Robert Adam in London. It concerns pillasters, freize, pediment, architrave, balusters, windows, steps and amounts to ?339.5.10

1760 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate (from Robert Adam) for building the front part of the stables and coach houses at the House of Panmure. It amounts to ?1, 243.13.8

1760 GD 45/18/2245

Estimate from John Smart for building the stables and coach houses as designed by Robert Adam. It amounts to ?627.7.10

1760 GD 45/18/2245

Note: On the cover John Adam of Edinburgh named as designer. Inside, Robert Adam of London is named.

1293 1734

Harrie Maule's inventory of MSS at Panmure (see 1754 below).

"Panmure MSS GD45/18"

1293 1754

14 April - Note by Baron John Maule at end of Harie Maule's 1734 inventory of MSS, showing where charters and papers on Scottish antiquities are now kept, "in a flat oak chest wt Iron the Library behind the press with the manuscripts"

He adds, 24th Sept. 1766, that they are now in "ye new Mahogony Buroe in ye high drawing room", etc., and that other documents there "were taken out of ye great oak cabinet in ye red room close (t) which contains yet title deed of the Estate"

Panmure MSS GD/45/18.

2237 1757

11th Oct., Memoradum for Baron Maule on Panmure works; (from his factor? - no signature) on Edzell estate. Mr Rose wants to pay Maule his respects and explain situation. Writer has dissauded him as Maule is "thronged with Company".

Panmure MSS GD/45/18

2236 Aug., Memo on management of Panmure, Southesk, Marischal and Pitcairn, now leased to Sir Arch. Grant of Troup, and to which Baron Maule and Sir James Carnegie now have the right.

Panmure MSS GD/45/18

2239 Oct., Directions for Panmure, in Maule's hand (similar to Inverary Instructions) - on garden, planting and estate work: e.g. laburnams in East avenue to be felled, and "Powrie is to have some to make a new stair at his house"; various shrubs, e.g tulip trees, platanus, Newfoundland pine etc., to be sent to George Drummond of Blair Drummond, others to Mr McKenzie of Delvin. Cedars. Pave the passage "under ye South Colonade Leading from ye kitchen to ye latter meat room", etc.


Photographic Survey (1952 - 1953)

Photographs of the exterior of Panmure House, Angus, by the National Buildings Record Scottish Council c1952-53 prior to demolition. They were taken before the sale of the building.

Photographic Survey (1953)

Photographic survey of the exterior and interior of Panmure House, Angus, by the National Buildings Record Scottish Council in 1953 prior to demolition.


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