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House Of Falkland

Country House (Period Unassigned), School (Period Unassigned)

Site Name House Of Falkland

Classification Country House (Period Unassigned), School (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Falkland House Estate; Nuthill House; St Ninian's Roman Catholic School

Canmore ID 99519

Site Number NO20NW 86

NGR NO 24238 07405

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Falkland
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO20NW 109 2455 0741

Site recorded during an archaeological survey of roughly 6 sqkm of the Falkland Estate undertaken as part of a Historic Landscape Survey for the House of Falkland Project.

NO 2455 0741 House of Falkland Mansion house (Nuthill House).

Sponsor: Falkland Heritage Trust.

S Carter 1998

Archaeology Notes

NO20NW 86.00 24238 07405

NO20NW 86.01 NO 24764 07439 Lodge

NO20NW 86.02 NO 24708 07306 Memorial Chapel

NO20NW 86.03 NO 24655 07495 Stables

NO20NW 86.04 NO 24710 07443 and NO 24752 07435 Ornamental Bridges

NO20NW 86.05 NO 24273 07277 Bridge (Mill Burn)

NO20NW 86.06 NO 24193 07437 Gilderland Bridge (Maspie Burn)

NO20NW 86.07 NO 22848 07552 Tyndall Bruce Monument

See also:

NO20NE 119 NO 25178 07500 Private Bridge (Between House of Falkland and Falkland Palace)

NO 242 074 (centre) An archaeological exploration was undertaken in February and March 2002 of the footpath system at the House of Falkland. A total of 13 transects were excavated across various footpaths in the grounds of the estate in order to locate precisely and characterise accurately the footpaths, so that they might be reinstated as part of the restoration of the designed landscape. Only those paths near the stables and on the palace walk showed evidence of having had formal surfaces. The other paths, though lacking formal surfaces, were well constructed.

Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.

Sponsor: Derek Carter Associates.

G Brown 2002

The Historic Landscape Survey and Restoration Management Plan was commissioned by the Falkland Heritage Trust and is supported by finance from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The report consists of three volumes. Volume One describes the historical development of the Designed Landscape, and evaluates the significance and condition of design elements. Volume Two surveys the Archaeological elements of the area, ranks their importance, and considers their protection. It also covers the ecology of the landscape, and recommends conservation actions for inclusion in the master planning strategy. Volume Three is the Restoration Management Plan. This looks at management issues initially, and then sets out detailed proposals for the long term protection, restorartion and enhancement of the Designed Landscape.

F Jamieson (Parts 1 - 4 and 6), C McGlynn (Part 5 and Landscape Development Plans) 2001.

Architecture Notes

NO20NW 86.00 24238 07405



St Ninian's R.C. School

Music Room - plaster ceiling sgd HOT 18 93. Corridor sgd WGG - KCL 1894. Staircase ceiling date 1898.


William Burn 1839-44

Thomas Bonnar - decorated boudoir c.1843

Interior decoration - D R Hay & Co with advice from Alexander Roos

Charles R. Cockerell - House for Mr Bruce (unexecuted)

Donald A. Stewart - adds to stables c.1901

William Spottiswoode - clerk of works

Weir Schultz?




1842 Letters - William Burn

Masons Account 1840-43 (John Black who went broke).


Pond ?9,418 13 13/4.


1831-42 State of Payment ?15,097 9 10

Better chimneypieces than these sent to Balbirnie. I never seen more inferior work, or such trashy articles. W.B.

to Falkland House. Architect William Burn.

His estimate ?20,000. Specification, estimates, accounts and letters.

Mason: John Black


GD 152/58

[The house was formerly 'Nutshill']

Contract for work at Falkland House. Agreement that David Miller should undertake Carpenter, Joiner, Glazier and Smith work for the new mansion House according to plan & specification of Architect: William Burn


GD 152/137

Building of Falkland Church.


Designs for stained glass windows - in colour.

Architect: David Bryce


GD 152/57

Particulars of proposed plan of alterations and additions at Nuthill. [Later it became Falkland House 1839-46]. Architect: John Swinton.

Letter: William Waddel to John Bruce.

11 and 12 April 1822

GD152/218/5/Bundle 20/4-6x

Proposed demolition of Marshall Gardner's 'fine hunting stable' and the fitting up of the new stables with the same materials and in the same way. John Swinton, Architect [D 1853].

Letter concerning additions and alterations at Nuthill, William Waddel to John Bruce.

11 and 12 April 1822

GD152/218/5/Bundle 20/4-6x

Proposed additions and alterations at Nuthill. Estimated Cost.

Mansion House ?2,586

New Stable and offices ?1,071

Pigeon House ?88

Letter John Swinton, Architect, to William Waddel.

26 April 1822.

GD152/218/5/Bundle 20/9

Specification and Estimate for a gate at Nuthill. Andrew Wilson, The Mint. ?24.

Letter William Waddel to John Bruce.

28 November 1822

GD152/218/5/Bundle 20/36

Estimate for office houses and steading at Nuthill. John Swinton, Architect, [D 1853] refuses to reduce the estimated cost of carrying out his plan. Letters concern conflict between Mr Swinton and Mr Bruce. William Waddel to John Bruce.

December 1822

GD152/218/5/Bundle 20/37-42

Alterations to plan of steading at Nuthill. Suggested by Andrew Smith. Mr Ballingal includes a sketch with his letter of explanation sent to William Waddel.

20 April 1823

GD152/218/5/Bundle 15/5

Payments made to [John] Swinton, [Architect and Contractor] for building the New Steading at Nuthill. Mr Swinton's charges of ?1208 - ?42.0.4 - ?30 and ?11.3.6 are agreeable to his estimates. ?402 has been paid to account.

Letter: William Ballingal to William Waddel.

13 December 1823

GD152/218/5/Bundle 15/20

Advice concerning site of proposed house. 'I enclose a note to *Burn [William] who is

My old fellow pupil to whom I should apply for local information with perfect confidence in his pleasure and exactness in all I could ask of him for he is a real good fellow'.

Letter: C R Cockerel [1788-1863], Architect, to O Tyndall Bruce.

12 January 1831

GD152/53/1Bundle 16/2

*William Burn, [1789-1870] Architect

Proposed rebuilding at Nuthill. [Falkland House] '... the most essential is a most comfortable house - let this in all your plans be your motto - banish magnificence but not good taste - be not over housed but satisfy every possible demand for comfort'.

Letter: J Stanford at Florence to O Tyndall Bruce at Falkland.

30 January 1832

GD152/53/1/Bundle 18/2

Decoration of rooms at Nuthill [Falkland House] 'Now considering the house built and furnished your Drawing Room will certainly become more the liberal scholar by being hung with paintings than any paper or etc - and your wife's Boudoir with drawings - Prints (consign to books.)

Letter: J Stanford at Florence to O Tyndall Bruce at Falkland.

30 January 1832

GD152/53/1/Bundle 18/2

Criticism of proposed rebuilding at Nuthill [Falkland House]

'I have a rooted objection to an East and West frontage - for 3 months you are raked fore and aft with Easterly wind. You say Gilpin approves. I should have suspected it - modern taste runs into a gaspy - to see all that can be seen from the windows...' He describes an ideal lay out of rooms.

Letter from J Stanford to O Tyndall Bruce.

26 February 1833

GD152/53/1/Bundle 18/3

Proposed building at Nuthill [Falkland house]. Mr Bruce is advised to consult Mr Deering [Gandy, John Peter 1787-1850]. the district surveyor of St Goerge's parish had recommended him to Mr Sanford.

Letter from J Sanford to O Tyndall Bruce.

26 February 1833

GD152/53/1 Bundle 18/3

Proposed rebuilding at Nuthill [Falkland House] Letter *C R Cockerell, Architect, to O Tyndall Bruce. He is anxious to know Mr Tyndall Bruce's decision concerning his plans 'meanwhile I am in suspense unable to finish or to begin various matters'.

9 November 1833

GD152/53/1/Bundle 16/4

*C R Cockerell [1788-1863]

Proposed building at Nuthill [Falkland House] Letter C R Cockerell to O Tyndall Bruce. He comments upon his various plans but indicates his attachment to his last one and asks Mr Bruce to give it careful consideration.

13 February 1834

GD152/53/1/Bundle 16/5

Proposed building at Nuthill [Falkland House] Letter C R Cockerell, Architect to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Bruce prefers Mr Cockerell's 1st design. The architect is anxious to receive Mr Bruce's alterations and suggestions.

13 May and 29 June 1834.

GD152/53/1/Bundle 16/6 and 7

Proposed building at Nuthill [Falkland House]. Letter from C R Cockerell [1788-1863], Architect, to O Tyndall Bruce. He will transmit 'studies of the sketch' for Mr Bruce's consideration.

2nd January 1835

GD152/53/2/Bundle 9/1

Proposed plans for Nuthill. [Falkland House]. C R Cockerell [1788-1863], Architect, has returned Mr Bruce's plan, reduced to scale together with his own plan (no 6) for comparison. He has now made 6 plans for Falkland over a period of 7 years. Letter.

14 January 1835

GD 152/53/2/Bundle 9/2

Proposed buildings at Nuthill [Falkland House]. Letter from C R Cockerell [1788-1863], Architect, to O Tyndall Bruce.

He has now sent all his drawings to Mr Bruce. He hopes a charge of ?150 will not be thought unreasonable. If one of the plans is built he will lower his percentage charge for superintendance.

24 February 1835

GD 152/53/2/Bundle 9/3

[Plans for Falkland House].

Payment of ?150 to C R Cockerell, Architect [1788-1863].

Letter: Coults & Co to Mrs Tyndall Bruce.

28 March 1835

GD 152/209/1/Bundle 9/60

Proposed building at Nuthill [Falkland House]. Letter from C R Cockerell [1788-1863], Architect to O Tyndall Bruce.

He expresses doubt of [Wiliam] Burn's success.

13 April 1835.

GD 152/53/2/Bundle 9/4

Proposed plans for Nuthill. [Falkland House] Letter from William Burn [1789-1870], Architect to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Burn is anxious to give consideration to Mr Bruce's plans and those of other *major clients so he has been'slaving' to complete smaller maters. He hopes to be in touch the following week.

22 December 1838.

GD 152/53/2/10/3

*[He mentions Lord Lovat and Mr Wardlaw Ramsay]

Rebuilding of Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from William Burn, Architect to O Tyndall Bruce. He enclosed 2 sketches for the principal floor. They showed a layout of Billiard room, Library, Parlour and Entrance Hall.

Mr Burn would like Mr Bruce to look at these sketches and make suggestions.

19 January 1839

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/1

Rebuilding of Falkland House. Specification of work to be executed. Architect: William Burn [1789-1870].

7 May 1829

GD 152/58/1

Rebuilding of Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from C[harles] K[irpatrick] S[harpe] [1781-1851] to O Tyndall Bruce. He has made tracings of windows which he thinks might be suitable for the Corridor. He comments upon the designs, explains where they were used and adds particulars about shutters and carvings.

2 Spetember 1839

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/2

Contract between Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce and Mrs Tyndall Bruce on the one part and David Miller, junior, House Carpenter, in Auchterarder, and his Cautioners on the other for the joiner, smith and glazier work for the Mansion house to be built at Nuthill. Estimate ?5,980

7 September 1839

GD 152/137

Rebuilding of Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from William Burn, Architect [1789-1870] to O Tyndall Bruce. He has been unable to complete the drawings of the chimney stalks but he has sent someone to Winton to take moulds from the original there.

19 June 1840

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/3

Rebuilding of Falkland House [Nuthill]. Site Letter from William Burn, Architect [1789-1870] to O Tyndall Bruce. *Mr Gilpin has called and has just left for Stobo [Castle]. He will then pay Mr Bruce a visit 'and a more fortunate event never occurred, as his advice will be of incalculable service and may now be got at the very moment we stand most in need of it'.

*[W S Gilpin 1762-1843 landscape gardener]

2 Spetember 1840.

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/4

Chimney piece in black marble for Falkland House. David ness, 15 Leith walk. Receipted account ?4.17.2.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 9/4

Purchase of furniture and furnishings for Falkland House. Letter from G Irvine and Mrs Joy to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Irvine has bought a pair of magnificent branches and an ebony armoire and sends an estimate for a bedroom suite. He will bring patterns of silks and chintzes for the Buhl cabinet. Mrs Joy would like Mr Bruce to buy a particularly beautiful bookcase and possibly a mirror that would look well with it. Ringuet has made a whole assembly of the same wood for a bedroom but Mrs Joy thinks it would look better in a library or boudoir. 2 rie de l'Oratice, Faubourg du Roule, France.

15 June 1841

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 15/3-4x

Purchases of furniture and furnishings for Falkland House. Letter G Irvine to O Tyndall Bruce.

He has sent the silk and chintz patterns from Ringuet and in the same parcel is the sketch of the oak furniture and of the cabinet Mrs Joy admired so much. The sketches have to be returned to Ringuet. Mrs Irvine believes he could procure Buhl cabinets more cheaply in London than in Paris but when it comes to silks the French ones are infinitely better.

23 June 1841

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 15/5-6x

Rebuilding of Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from David Miller to David Bryce, Architect [1803-1876]. He complains of delays caused by failure of the masons to keep to the time schedule and of the loss he has consequently suffered by the non-payment of the instalments.

23 July 1841

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/6

Plasterwork at Falkland House. 'The ceilings as shown by the drawings are much richer than I originally contemplated ... but if you do not wish to exceed the original estimate, I can soon prepare plainer designs and confine myself to the sum above'. (?1050).

Letter from William Burn, Architect, [1789-1870] to o Tyndall Bruce.

22 October 1841

GD 152/58/2/2-3x

Rebuilding of Falkland House. State of Payments made. William Spottiswoode - Clerk of Works.


GD 152/58/3/1

Chimneypieces for Falkland House. 'You have done quite right as to the chimney pieces, which will not only cost less at first here, but they are in fact ten times better and more substantial than any I ever saw in the South and you have only to look at those sent the other day to Balbirnie to satisfy yourself to this fact - as I have never seen more inferior work, or such trashy articles? Letter from William Burn to O Tyndall Bruce.

28 January 1842

GD 152/58/2/4

Furnishing Falkland House. Letter from William Burn, Architect, [1789-1870] to Tyndall Bruce. He recommends certain London firms for oak carvings, other carvings, imitation carvings, French and Turkey carpets, cabinets and china.

4 May 1842

GD 152/58/2/6

Inability of Mr Black, mason, to fulfil his contract to rebuild Falkland House. In spite of this William Burn, Architect, wishes the work to continue and directs William Spottiswoode to pay the men their wages. Letter: William Burn, Architect, to William Spottiswoode, Clerk of Works.

21 May 1842

GD 152/58/2/7

Inability of Mr Black, mason, to fulfil his contract to rebuild Falkland House. William Spottiswoode [Clerk of Works] has received instructions to proceed with the mason work and pay the men's wages out of the balance of the contract price.

Letter from David Bryce, Architect [1803-1876] to O Tyndall Bruce.

23 May 1842

GD 152/58/2/8

Inability of Mr Black, mason, to fulfil his contract to rebuild Falkland House. Letters to O Tyndall Bruce and William Spottiswoode [Clerk of Works] from John Black. He explains his situation, blames the quarries, a mistake he made in his estimate and his health. Those to whom he owes money await an explanation.

An additional note concerns a loan. [unsigned]


GD 152/58/7/1-5

Rebuilding of Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from David Miller to William Burn, Architect [1789-1870]. He complains of delays caused by the masons. This has meant serious financial loss and he is considering a claim for damages.

25 May 1842

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/7

Marble chimney pieces for Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from William Burn, Architect (1789-1870) to O Tyndall Bruce. He cannot make anything of Mr Browne's account so he has sent it to Lord Stair to arrange as he thinks fit. Mr Browne is not easily dealt with and if I can help it, I shall not readily engage with him again.'

18 June 1842

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/13

Marble chimney pieces for Falkland House. [Nuthill]. [Joseph] Browne and Co., University Street, London. The marble chimney pieces are packed and arrangements must now be made to transport them to Scotland.

Letter and an account for ?620.0.0.

16 August 1842.

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/10

Application from Robert Clark to undertake the painting of Nuthill. [Falkland House]. He gives particulars of his charges, the materials used and the firms from which he orders papers. He has sent patterns of paper hangings from Williams, Cooper Boyle and Co, London.

Letter Robert Clark to O Tyndall Bruce

23 August 1842

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/4

Marble chimney pieces for Falkland House [Nuthill]. [Joseph] Browne and Co, University Street, London. The chimney pieces have been shipped in 24 cases. Letter and amended account for ?584.0.0.

2 September 1842

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/11

Materials for painter work at Falkland House [Nuthill]. Letter from Robert Clark to O Tyndall Bruce. He wished Mr Bruce to order the whitelead and oil from a manufacturer.

20 September 1842

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/14

Rebuilding of Falkland House. Cash Book: Wages.

William Spottiswoode - Clerk of Works.


GD 152/58/4

Rebuilding of Falkland House. Statement of mason work executed by the late Mr John Black. William Spottiswoode - Clerk of Works.


GD 152/58/3/2

Rebuilding of Falkland House. Correspondence: William Spottsiwoode, Clerk of Works, to O Tyndall Bruce.

The letters concern the progress of the building, cash statements and acknowledgements and John Black's inability to fulfil the mason's contract and pay his men.


GD 152/58/5/1-39

[some details follow]

The drawings for the staircase ceiling have been received from William Burn, Architect. Letter - William Spottiswoode to O Tyndall Bruce.

11 July 1842

GD 152/58/5/16-17x

The carvers have almost completed the bathroom chimneypiece. Mr Spottiswoode is reluctant to let them go so asks for the Drawing of the chimney piece for the Entrance Hall to forwarded urgently.

Letter: William Spottiswoode to O Tyndall Bruce.

18 May 1843

GD 152/58/5/32-33x

David Bryce [1802-1876], Architect, has reported that he has all but finished the Drawings of the chimneypiece and has promised to send them the following day. Letter: William Spottiswoode to O Tyndal Bruce.

25 May 1843

GD 152/58/5/34-35x

Building Falkland House. Pay Bills

Tradesmen and Labourers.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 7/1-37

Pay bills for work undertaken by masons and carvers at Falkland House.


GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/8-10

Drawing and dimensions of a 'Jam found at Nuthll'. [Falkland House].


GD 152/53/4/Bundle 27/3

Application from D R Hay, 90 George Street, Edinburgh to undertake the painting of Falkland House. He gives particulars of his employees, the quality of the materials he uses anbd prices he charges.

Letter for D R Hay to O Tyndall Bruce.

17 January 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/7

Completition of the decoration of Falkland House. Letter from William Burn, Architect [1789-1870] to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Burn approved of finishing the Entrance Hall in oak and considered that other ceilings might be effectively picked out in colour. Although he regretted the employment of Hay rather than Chalmers [as a painter and decorator] he was prepared to advise on the designs.

March 6 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 29/7

Furnishing of Falkland House. Letter from Charles Trotter [Furnisher] to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Trotter agrees with Mr Bruce's criticism of the position of the Library door. The remedy that Mr Bruce proposed should make no difference to the bookcases on the south side as the corner would be formed by a kind of projecting pillar of pedestal.

8 April 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 29/7

Painting and Decoration of Falkland House. Letter from Charles Trotter [Furnisher] to O Tyndall Bruce. He understands that D R Hay [Painter and Decorator] has visited Falkland House and he hopes that decisions have been made about colours. He considers the walls of the drawing room should be finished with silk and asks if Mr Roos has sent the plan [for decorations].

15 April 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 29/3

Report of progress at Falkland House from William Spottiswoode, Clerk of Works. The chimneypiece for the Hall should look well. The carvers must be out of the house while it is being prepred so in the meantime they are working on the balusters for the garden seats. The landscaping of the area between the end of the offices and the Western extremity is cut back and the bank formed. Letter to O Tyndall Bruce.

7 June 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/1

Painter work at Falkland House. Letter from Alexander Roos, Architect, [fl 1830-1858] to O Tyndall bruce. He is glad that Mr Bruce us satisfied with the painting of the new dining room and agrees that the oak ceiling 'will not have a bad effect'. He considers that the price charged by Mr Hay [Painter] for Mrs Bruce's room, is reasonable.

June 26 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 27/3

Rebuilding of Falkland House. Letters requesting and acknowledging payments to account and an account for Designs, preparing working plans, specifications, detailed drawings, and superintending the work. With the addition of travelling expenses it amounts to ?1040.1.6.

William Burn, Architect, [1789-1870]


GD 152/58/2/10-12

Proposed buildings [? at Falkland House]. Letter from Alexander Roos, Architect, [fl 1830-1858] to O Tyndall Bruce. Roos enclosed sketches [missing] 'as a sort of idea ... respecting buildings'. He asked Mr Bruce to exercise discretion concerning them with Mr Burn. [William Burn, Architect, 1789-1870]. He enclosed his account for Drawings (?36.15.0) [missing].

November 16 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 27/5

Clock for the new tower at Falkland House Letter (2) from A Symington Kettle. He estimates the adption of the stable clock would cost ?20 and explains that he would use the same essential improvements that Mr Vulliamy adopted. A new clock, however, could be more compactly adapted to the new tower.

26 June and 11 August 1843.

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 29/16 and 17

Rebuilding of Falkland House. [Nuthill] Report from William Spottiswood to William Burn, Architect, [1789-1870]. He excuses delays caused by the masons. (The contract was to be finished by 1st August 1842 but was not finished until July 1843).

16 December 1843

GD 152/53/5/Bundle 14/9

Marble chimneypieces and marble flooring for Falkland House. Marble Works, Shrub Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh.

Receipted account ?24.10.0


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 9/9

Medels for stone carvers for chimney piece in Entrance Hall, Falkland House. Lion's Head, Grotesque Head for cornice with a pendant of flowers for pilaster.

Receipted account James Pinnan and Son.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 5/29-30x

Painting done at Falkland House. Receipted account from D R hay, 90 George Street, Edinburgh. ?900.

Work is noted room by room. Mrs Bruce's dressing room is to be painted in an ornamental style free of expense.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 5/42-43x

Erection of the Tower Clock at Falkland House. Receipt from Andrew Symington for ?70.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 5/47

Building of Falkland House. David Miller seeks compensation for delays caused by masons. Letter from David Miller ro O Tyndall Bruce.

23 March 1844

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/13

Question of compensation due to David Miller for the loss of money he has sustained due to the dilatoriness of Mr Black's masons at Falkland House. Letters from William Burn, Architect, [1789-1870] to O Tyndall Bruce.

February - April 1844

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 26/10-12z and 15-17x

Decorating and Furnishing of Falkland House. Letter from David Bryce, Architect, [1803-1876] to O Tyndall Bruce. He gives directions for placing moulds and asks for a plan of the Library because one or two drawings for the bookcases are required.

September 11 1844

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 26/18

Rebuilding of Falkland House. Claim for compensation by David Miller, carpenter and glazier, for financial loss caused by the slow progress of the mason's work. William Burn agreed with Mr Bruce's solution of the problem and David Miller accepted ?100 as payment of the balance due to him. Letter from William Burn, Architect, [1789-1870]. Receipt from David Miller and covering letter from David Bryce, Architect [1803-1876].

29 October, 1 and 4 November 1844

GD 152/58/2/13-16x

James Annan and Son, Edinburgh, Platerers. Letter and an account for plaster work and models for masons. Mr Bruce wished him to return the models for chimney pieces. The models for masons included chimney tops, shields, corbels and a vase with flowers. The account covers the period 1840-1843 and amounts to ?1,375.16.9.

6 February and 25 November 1843.

GD 152/58/8/1 and 2

D R Hay, 90 George Street, Edinburgh. Painter Estimates for painting Falkland House (Priced by item).

April and June 1843

GD 152/58/8/3 and 6

Decorative painting at Falkland House. Letter from D R Hay, Painter, to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Hay is upset that William Burn, Architect, wishes him to depart from the style of decorative painting which is in progress at Falkland House. He enclosed his answer to Mr Burn's objections which he hopes Mr Bruce will study and in the meantime allow the Dining room ceiling to proceed.

23 May 1843

GD 152/58/8/4-5x

Gloucester. Painter work at Dumbleton Hall. [Evesham]. Letter from D R Hay, Painter to O Tyndall Bruce. The houseis similar in style to that of Falkland House 'and the fret work on all the ceilings are to be done in imitation oak and the surface picked out with colours'.

23 May 1843

GD 152/58/8/4

R Clark, Painter. Measurement of painting work at Falkland House executed by Mr R Clark. The change amounts to ?260.17.2 3/4.

August 1843.

GD 152/58/8/7

David Miller, Auchterarder. Joiner. Estimate for finishing the Boudoir with satin wood.

16 February 1843

GD 152/58/8/8

Statement of expense the chimney piece for the Entrance Hall of Falkland House. ?77.11.0. The sum includes carvers' wages (?55.19.0) and those of the mason's ?12.12.0.

22 November 1843

GD 152/58/8/9

Mason work for Falkland House. Letter: William Spottiswoode to William Burn [1789-1870] Architect. He encloses an account of the state of the mason work, a note of the probable sum required to finish it and a corrected account of extra work. 1842. The bundle includes an additional account of the state of mason work in 1845.

1842 and 1845

GD 152/58/6/1-4

Building Falkland House. Receipted accounts and receipts for work and materials. Tradesmen include:- John Black, Builder, Kirkcaldy, David Miller, Joiner. John Robertson, Smith. D R Hay, Painter. George and Charles Hay, Plumber. Clerk of Works: William Spottiswoode. Architect: William Burn [1789-1870].

1839-1846 [some details follow]

GD 152/217/3/Bundle 5/1-47

Tradesmen's work at Falkland House. Letters, estimates, measurements, accounts and a receipt.

1843-1846 [some details follow]

GD 152/58/8/1-17

Rebuilding of Falkland House. [Nuthill]. Letter from David Miller to William Burn, Architect [1789-1870]. Carpenter, joiner, glazier and ironmonger work nearly completed.

Lays before Mr Burn a statement of how the mason work was conducted by the late Mr Black. Additional note comments upon William Spottiswoode's report on the mason work. 17 May 1843

16 January 1844

GD 152/53/3/Bundle 14/8

Receipted account from Robert Clark, painter. Balance due for work at Falkland House ?30.17.2 3/4. Account for work at Mr Gulland's house ?25.15.8.

20 Febraury 1844

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/6

Building of Falkland House. William Burn, Architect [1789-1870]. receipt for plans, specifications, superintendance and expenses for the errection and completion of the new House etc at Falkland. (Balance ?290.1.6)

Febraury 22 1844

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 26/11-12x

Chimneypieces (2), [for Falkland House?] Drawings with their descriptions (in French).


GD 152/53/7/Bundle 17/1-3

Design for furniture. [For Falkland House?] Drawings (2).


ND [? 1844]

GD 152/53/7/Bundle 17/8 and 9


French furniture for Falkland House. Account for freight of 6 boxes weighing 8 tons Rouen to Leith ?45.14.10. Covering note from John Fenton, Leith, to say that when the cases were unpacked for examination they appeared to ne in as good order as when they left Paris.

5 November 1844

GD 152/63/2/6-7x

Marble supplied and laid on a floor ar Falkland House. Account from Wallace and Whyte, Leith Walk, Edinburgh.

December-January 1844-1845

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/23

Candelabra designed by David Bryce [Architect] for Falkland House (2). Included in Furniture and Furnishing account from Cahrles Trotter to O Tyndall Bruce.


GD 152/52/63/2/4 page 15

D R Hay (Painter and Decorator of Falkland House) 90 George Street, Edinburgh. Rates of pay for plain and ornamental painting. Newspaper Cutting.


GD 152/63/2/10

Sketches for Mrs Bruce's Bedroom and Dressing room at Falkland House. Letter from Alexander Roos [fl 1830-1858] to O Tyndall Bruce. He hopes the sketches have arrived safely.

31 December 1848

GD 152/196/26/7-8x

Furniture and Furnishings for Falkland House. Noted room by room. Accounts (4) Charles Trotter, Edinburgh, to O Tyndall Bruce.


GD 152/63/2/2-5

Painting of Mr Bruce's sitting room and the kitchen quarters at Falkland House. Receipted account: Robert Clark, painter.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 6/17-18x

Memorandum from Alexander Roos, Architect [fl 1830-1858]. He lists work that requires to be attended to at Falkland House and Falkland Palace. It includes the repair of The Temple and completion of plasterwork, fixing the marble vases in the entrance hall of the house and completion of the Lodge Porch. He has sketched a design for a new gate into the Palace Gardens.

[? 1856]

GD 152/204/1/6/4

Proposed alteration to the Terrace of the garden of Falkland House.

Letter from Alexander Roos, Architect [fl 1830-58] to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Roos has sent the plan. [Missing.] He believes 'if well carried out the effect will be good'.

22 September 1853

GD 152/53/7/Bundle 15/2

The Garden Terrace, Falkland House.

Letter from Alexander Roos, [fl.1830-1858] to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Roos agrees with Mr Bruce about the Vases and was discussing this addition to the Terrace Wall with Mr Vivian 'who was glad that we were going to take a leaf out of his beautiful old Terrace at *Claverton'. He is glad that Mr Bruce likes the design for the Terrace and hoped that he will have it carried out.

30 September 1853

GD 152/198/18/4-5

*[Near Bath, Somerset. Built by Sir Jeffry Wyatville for John Vivian c.1820]

Inprovements at Nuthill.

'The Grieve has of himself dressd up the burn next the House in a very beautiful manner indeed by straightening its course and forming little cascades'.

Letter: William Waddel to John Bruce

12 July 1822

GD 152/218/5/Bundle 20/27

Building a Bathing Pond at Falkland House.

Account for work and materials.

John Black, Builder, Kirkcaldy.


GD 152/217/3/Bundle 5/46

Report on progress in the garden of Falkland House. The walk that runs parallel to the south front of the building. Steps lead down two slopes to this walk.

Letter from William Spottiswoode, Clerk of Works to O. Tyndall Bruce.

16 June 1843

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 28/2

Drawing of the railing for the terrace entrance to Falkland House. Enclosed in a covering letter.

Wiliam Burn, Architect [1789-1870] to O. Tyndall Bruce.

February 29 1844

GD 152/53/4/Bundle 26/13-14x

Garden Plan for Falkland House.

Letter from Alexander Roos [fl 1830-1858]. Architect, to O Tyndall Bruce. Mr Roos will arrange with Mr Beaton about the flower beds. He hoped to have the opportunity to lay out the garden during the coming year.

3 February 1845

GD 152/53/5/Bundle 10/1


Letter from Capt. Boswall to O. Tyndall Bruce. He is offered 'a beautiful piece of sculpture in pure white marble - a boy holding a sundial on his head'. The work has been admired by John Watson Gordon and Capt. Boswall considers it would be suitable for the gardens at Falkland House.

29 April 1845

GD 152/53/5/Bundle 12/9

Estimate [copy] for the gate and wicket door for the back entrance to Nuthill ?9.12.6. Causewaying the Cattle shed ?5.12.8. paving the Overseer's house ?8.16.6 and making apartments for a potato house ?17.18.8.

John Swinton, Contractor, Haddington.

7 April 1823

GD 152/218/5/Bundle

Building of the steading at Nuthill. Payments to John Swinton, contractor.

Letter: William Waddel and William Ballingal.

4 April, 29 and 31 May 1823.

GD 152/218/5/Bundle


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