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Yester House

Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Yester House

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Yester House Policies

Canmore ID 56117

Site Number NT56NW 17

NGR NT 54348 67161

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Yester
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT56NW 17.00 54348 67161

NT56NW 17.01 Centred NT 543 671 Park

NT56NW 17.02 NT c. 543 671 Garden

NT56NW 17.03 NT 54140 67347 Bridge and Tunnel

NT56NW 17.04 NT 53950 67298 Stables

NT56NW 17.05 NT 53761 67393 Pond

See also:

NT56NW 21 NT c. 543 671 (Old) Yester House

NT56NW 24 NT c. 543 671 Yester House, Park

NT56NW 39 Gates, gate piers and avenue

NT56NW 40 Gardener's house

NT56NW 41 Walled garden

For predecessor tower-house (NT c. 543 671), see NT56NW 21.

Not to be confused with Yester Castle and Goblin Ha' (NT 5563 6668), for which see NT56NE 1.

The house and gardens are visible on vertical air photographs (OS 80/073/122-3, flown 1980).

(Undated) information in NMRS.

(NT 54348 67161) Site preparations for the building of the present Yester House began in 1699. Work began first on the courtyard and offices, the main block of the house being left till last. This was completed in 1728, architects J Smith and A McGill; various alterations were made in 1730's and 1740's by William Adam, and by Robert Adam in 1788-90. In 1797, the house was damaged by fire. The house was re-oriented by Robert Brown in 1830 and 1838-9, the entrance to the three-storeyed mansion being moved to the W end.

J G Dunbar 1972; C McWilliam 1978; RCAHMS AP Catalogue 1978.

Architecture Notes

NMRS REFERENCE:

Architect: James Smith & Alexander McBill, ground prepared in 1699-1728

William Adam - additions and interior decoration 1729

Robert Adam - alterations to entrance stairway & raise pilasters 1789

Robert Brown - addition of large porch and interior alterations 1830

William Dealcour - murals in Saloon 1761

Alexander Shearer - greenhouse 1849

Joseph Enzer - plasterwork (with Phillip Robertson & Francis Nicols) 1736

Copy of oil painting at Yester House, showing village and old house c. 1700

Colin McWilliam Collection - Correspondence 1973-5 (in Arcadia ring binder) NMRS Printroom. Acc No 1991/53

EXTERNAL REFERENCE:

National Monuments Record, London.

Bedford Lemere Book 519141 - 20 negatives dated 1905

Bodleian Lib. Oxford.

MS Gough Drawings a.4.Nos 23, 39 - 2 drawings of garden lay-outs with canals

Scottish Record Office

RHP 9715 / 20 Alexander Shearer 1849 - plan, elevation & section of greenhouse

[ ? ]. Wright work.

Account of work done by Robert Sampson and his sons for the Earl of Tweeddale.

(#278. 17. 8 Scots).

1666-69 GD 28/2409

Account of Mason work done by Andrew Brysounand Richard Fish for the

Earl of Tweeddale. Shows a balance due of #213.6/-

1670 GD 28/2039

Lead received from the Duke of Queensbury's mines for the house.

Amount and means of payment mentioned. Mr Adam to receive some lead for

himself. Letter from John Marquis of Tweedale to Sir John Clerk.

1730 GD 18/5375/1

Mason Work.

Receipt for account for mason work done by James Thomson for William Heatlie.

1668 GD 28/1992

Receipt for work done by Andrew Bryssone and Richard Fishe for #70.6.8.

towards an account of #337.

1670 GD 28/2035

Mason Work.

Receipt for work done by Andrew Bryson and Richard Fishe for the Earl of

Tweeddale. It amounts to #232.8.4.

1671 GD 28/2049

Mason Work.

Account of work done by Andrew Bryson and Richard Fish for the Earl of Tweeddale

together with a note of sums received already and a precept upon James Sheill.

1671 GD 28/2051

Mason Work.

Account for work done by Andrew Bryson for the Earl of Tweeddale. There

remains a balance of #73.17.4.

1671 GD 28/2076

Mason Work.

Discharged account for work done by Andrew Bryson and Richard Fish for the

Earl of Tweeddale.

1672 GD 28/2078 and 2083

Mason Work.

Six accounts for work done by Andrew Bryson for the Earl of Tweedale.

1672-75 GD 28/2094

Wright Work.

Accounts for work done by Cornelius Mackie for the Earl of Tweeddale.

1672-74 GD 28/2097 and 2098 and 2100

Wright Work.

Account for work and for furniture made by James Baine for the Earl of

Tweeddale.

1670-74 GD 28/2101

Glass work.

Account for work done by Thomas Bryson for the Earl of Tweeddale.

1675 GD 28/2111

Mason Work.

Discharge by Andrew Brysone for work done at Yester for the Earl of Tweeddale.

It ammounted to #264.4.0 Scots.

1676 GD 28/2115

Wright Work.

Discharge for wright work done by John Johnstown and David Rae for the

Marquis of Tweeddale.

1705-6 GD 28/2280

Mason work.

Discharged account for work done by John Mckall and his partners.

1707 GD 28/2282

Wright work.

Discharged account for work done by John Johnston and David Rae.

1707 GD 28/2283

Mason work at Yester House.

Payments (12) made to John Hay, mason. They total #21,250.

Disbursements for Estate of Tweeddale by Allan Macdougall, WS.

1788-89 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Alterations to Yester House.

Letter from Robert Adam, architect to Prefessor Dalzel. He expresses his

opinion of the alterations to be made. He praises the plan and the interior.

1789 GD 28 Supp. Box 10/12

Front of Yester House.

Robert Adam paid #21 for the new elevation.

1789 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Building of Wester Peach Houses.

Built by Andrew Wood, gardener.

1791 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Slater work at Yester House.

Payment made to John Baxter, slater, for work done. (#16.18.1).

Disbursements for Estate of Tweeddale by Allan Macdougall, WS.

1791 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Plumber work at Yester House.

Payment made to William Scott, plumber for work done. (#16.18.1).

Disbursements for Estate of Tweeddale by Allan Macdougall, WS.

1791 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Burn, Robert [1752-1815]. Architect.

Payments made to John Hay, builder in Edinburgh, and John Hay, mason at Yester.

(#306.15.5 and #12). Robert Burn acted as arbiter in the dispute.

Disbursements for Estate of Tweeddale by Allan Macdougall, W.S.

1792 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Wright work done at Yester House.

Payments (8) made to William Donaldson, wright in Edinburgh, to 'account of

work done' to the upper drawing-room and adjoining rooms. (#700.1.2).

Disbursements for Estate of Tweeddale by Allan Macdougall, W.S.

1794 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Lead and plumber work at Yester House.

Payment made to Robert Dicksonm, plumber, for worjk done. (#16.10.1 3/4).

Disembursements for Estate of Tweeddale by Allan Macdougall, WS.

1794 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/3

Building the New Stables at Yester House.

The 'Abstract of Improvements' notes the total cost as #3,856.4.3 1/2.

1820-26 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Work on the door and balustrade of Yester House.

Payment made to Thomas Watson, builder in Edinburgh, for carriage of stones

from Craigleith Quarry to Yester at the request of Robert Brown, Architect.

Charge and discharge for Estate of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw

and Dalziel.

1839 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Building at Yester House.

Payment made to Hutchinson and Rogers, Leith, for wood for Yester House

(#103.8.7).

Charge and Discharge for Estate of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1839 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Payment made to John Henderson for making mahogany doors for the lobby.

Charge and Discharge for Estate of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1839 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Payment made to James Anderson for plasterwork. (#38.3.4).

Charge and Discharge for Estae of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1839 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Payment made to John Ramage and Son for plasterwork. (#130.0.11).

Charge and Discharge for Estae of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1839 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Payment made to George and Charles Hay, plumbers, for sheet lead for portico.

(#62.17.10).

Charge and Discharge for Estae of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1840 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Payment of balance amounting to #392.14.0 due to Robert Brown, Architect.

[? 11802-6-]

Charge and Discharge for Estae of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1840 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Payment made to Wallace and Whyte, marble cutters, Leith Walk, for repairing

marble at Yester.

Charge and Discharge for Estae of Tweeddale by Gibson Craigs, Wardlaw and

Dalziel.

1840 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4

Estimate for 3 additional vineries of #500.

'Estimated Income and Deductions of the Marquis of Tweeddales Estates'.

1850-51 GD 28 Supp. Box 3/4.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Activities

Photographic Survey (1955)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1955.

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