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Country House (18th Century), Nunnery (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Leuchie

Classification Country House (18th Century), Nunnery (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Leuchie House; Luchie; Servite Convent; Richard Cave Multiple Sclerosis Holiday Home

Canmore ID 56715

Site Number NT58SE 47

NGR NT 57219 83276

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish North Berwick
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT58SE 47.00 57219 83276

NT58SE 47.01 56887 83224 Lodge

NT58SE 47.02 57353 83319 Stables

NT58SE 51 57120 82793 Lodge

Architecture Notes


Owner: Lady Hamilton-Dalrymple (to be occupied by La Sagesse Nuns 1960). Alexander Peacock 1780-1782.

Architect: Chimney pieces by John Flaxman and John Douglas of London 1782. Alexander McGill 1702 - advised.

David Hamiton and John Paterson (attributed) 1808

Architect (new house): Law & Dunbar Naismith 1960


National Library:

Small's 'Castles & Mansions of the Lothians' - article and photograph


Scottish Record Office:

Letter from William Dalrymple to his brother refers to Sir Hew's house as his new palace and offers advice on building a barn.

1781 GD 110/965/53

Building of Leuchie House. Progress reported in letters from Alex. Burn factor.

1765-1782 GD 110/783

Letter from William Burn informing Sir H. D. Hamilton that he is sending him pencil sketches of the proposed alterations and additions at North Berwick.

1825 (House?) GD 109/3847/XXVI

Estimate of a large Staturay Marble Chimney Piece with Statuary marble slabs. Black marble coverings all of the finest sort for Sir Hugh Dalrymple.

#99.6.0 Signed John Douglass.

1784 GD 110/1056/21

Mr. Douglas came to me this morning with the within plan and estimate exactly taken from the drawing of the Cornice and frieze of your drawing room which I got from Mr. Nisbet, plasterer which I have sent you to compare the one with the other. There are two other designs for the side parts with the griffens which are not so much crowded. I think the estimate is high but you may depend upon the work in the most masterly manner and best statuary marble. If you approve send me back the plan of the Chimney and be so good as send in that of the cornice to Nisbet by the Carrier (Letter from Hew Dalrymple at Brouton St. to his Father at North Berwick House).

1784 GD 110/1056/20

Letter from Alison Cockburn describes the new edifice as superb and really magnificent.

ND (1779?) GD 110/1056/15/b

Letter to Sir Hew Dalrymple from his son concerning the opening of the Castle and a defect in the mason work of the East door. He has asked James Grieve to order what stone is required to finish the work.

ND GD 110/1056/23


Letter from Robert Hogg disuading Sir Hew Dalrymple from adding a bow window to his house. He explains that it would endanger the house as the South wall is in a tottering condition.

1753 GD 110/927/34

Proposed alterations and additions to Sir Hew Dalrymple Hamilton's house. Letter to Sir Hew Dalrymple Hamilton from William Burn, Architect (1789-1870). He is sending pencil sketches.

1825 GD 109/3847/xxvi

Praise and criticism of Sir Hew Dalrymple's new house.

(Martin) Dalrymple likes the building but criticises Sir Hew's Altered plans.


ND. GD 110/1070/4a and 4b

Staturay marble chimney piece.

Estimates from John Douglas for the chimney piece vary from #75.6.0 to #99.6.0

1784 GD 110/1056/21

Praise for Sir Hew Dalrymple's new house.

Dr. J. Taylor refers to it as a 'Vitruvian Chateau' and to the building of it as 'Palladian Oerations'.


(1782?) GD 110/1071

Praise for Sir Hew Dalrymple's new house.

Letter from Alsion Cockburn.

She describes the 'edifice' as superb and really magnificent.

ND GD 110/1056/15b

Letter from William Dalrymple to his brother Sir Hew Dalrymple.

He has no doubt about the elegance of Sir Hew's new house at Leuchie.

1779 GD 110/965/50

Letters from Alexander Burn, steward, to Hew Dalrymple (later Sir Hew Dalrymple).

He gives details of the progress of the work particularly of the hanging stair and the circular room.

Architect: Alexander Peacock (c.1733-1818).

1780-1782 GD 110/783

The proposed new barn.

Letter from William Dalrymple to his brother Sir Hew Dalrymple. He refers to Sir Hew's house as his 'new palace' and offers advice on building the barn. The inside may have every requisite of a barn but the outside should 'mark the taste of the Builder'.

1781 GD 110/965/55

Designs and estimate for a stauary marble chimney piece to be made by John Douglas. Letter to Sir Hew Dalrymple from his son. The designs have been copied from drawings of cornice and frieze done by Mr Nisbet, the plasterer, for the drawing room. Hew Dalrymple considers John Douglas's estimate is high.

1784 GD 110/1056/20

James Jack, mason and wright, North Berwick. Still owed #50. March 1745. Letter Jack to Hew Dalrymple.

GD 110/940/53


Scottish Record Office:

RHP 2744 David Hamilton 1808 Plans for addition

John Paterson (attributed to) c.1808 Plans for addition

RHP 10212 Survey by William Forrest 1804 Plan of the Estate


Country Life October 12th, 1961 - article and photograph


Photographic Survey (October 1959)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Works in 1959.

Photographic Survey (October 1959)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1959.


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