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Country House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Kames

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Kames House; Kaimes

Canmore ID 74361

Site Number NT74NE 9

NGR NT 78261 45464

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Eccles
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Accessing Scotland's Past Project

The core of Kames House dates from the seventeenth century, but alterations and additions were carried out in successive years, including work in the early twentieth century by Harry Ramsay Taylor.

The building is of two-storeys, with an attic floor. The original building was probably quite plain; later additions include circular turrets at the corners and a two-storey wing with giant order pilasters, that is, large flat columns which were built against the wall.

Kames House was the birthplace of Henry Home, Lord Kames, who lived between 1696-1782. Lord Kames was a philosopher, judge and an agricultural improver. He advocated the supply of hearty meals to tenants, at which discussions of farming methods could take place.

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

Archaeology Notes

NT74NE 9.00 78261 45464

NT74NE 9.01 78126 45418 Stables

NT74NE 9.02 78134 45303 Walled Garden

NT74NE 9.03 77693 45379 Lodge

NT74NE 9.04 78073 45365 Western Cottage

NT74NE 9.05 77678 45983 North Entrance

NT74NE 9.06 78079 45359 Eastern Cottage

Visible on Ordnance Survey large scale vertical air photographs (OS 70/365/218-19).


Sbc Note

Visibility: This is an upstanding building.

Information from Scottish Borders Council.


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