Newbyth / Newbaith, Newbyth House, Newbyth Old Mansion, Old Mansion House
- HER number: MEL1317
- Site Name: Newbyth / Newbaith, Newbyth House, Newbyth Old Mansion, Old Mansion House
- Grid Reference: 358694 680028
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Country House (19th Century, Post Medieval)
- Summary: Gothic style mansion, 1817, which replaced earlier house by William Adam
- Description: NT58SE 54 58694 80029
NT58SE 54 58694 80029
NT57NE 21 58840 79932 Dovecot
NT57NE 51 59513 79604 East Lodge
NT58SE 57 59018 80016 Stables
NT58SE 91 58775 80435 Farmhouse
Historic Scotland Listed Building Description: Archibald Elliott, 1817. 2-storey and basement rectangular
plan Tudor, Gothic style mansion with carved wing joining
single storey and basement service court. Cullaloe ashlar,
droved, with chamfered arrises to openings hoodmoulds and
raised base course, dividing string course and battlemented
parapets. 3-stage turrets. Hoodmoulds to rectangular windows.
W ELEVATION: 3-bay, symmetrical with polygonal crenellated
angle turrets and smaller turrets flanking centre bay.
Pointed arch triple arcade at ground to centre bay and
gallery above with balustrade. Flight of steps to arcade;
doorway in arched opening with fanlight and arched windows
flanking. 3 rectangular bipartites behind gallery above.
Tripartites flanking centre bay at ground with single 1st
floor windows (with decorative cusped upper lights.
Segmentally arched basement windows. Narrow pointed arched
slits to polygonal turrets with cusped heads at ground and
1st floor; rectangular slits in upper stages above eaves.
N ELEVATION: advanced centre bay flanked by square angle
turrets, detailed as above with tall ground floor window.
3 windows flanking at each floor to right; 2 to left with
circa 1900 ground floor bay inserted between centre and left
S ELEVATION: symmetrical. 3 regular window bays at centre,
flanked by turrets with larger turrets to outer angles.
Canted ground floor and basement windows with crenellated
parapet, decorative cusped heads to upper panels.
E ELEVATION: 6 regular window bays with outer angle turrets.
Curved arcade of 5 rectangular openings. Doorway by house
under arcade and irregular openings. Linking to 2-stage
crenellated square tower at angle with service court
SERVICE COURT: segmentally arched carriageway at centre to N
flanked by single segmentally arched windows. Single storey
square raised outer angle window bays with similar windows to
N and on returns. String course and blocking course, with
parapet to outer angles. Basement driveway under bridged
recess to E.
Small-pane glazing pattern with cusped pointed arch glazing
bars to upper panels of major windows to W and to lights of
canted bays; sash and case windows. Linked polygonal stacks
with moulded coping.
INTERIOR: some original features retained after fire in 1972
during subdivision. original saloon at centre reduced to
harled courtyard. Vaulted vestibule. Decorative Gothic
chimneypieces retained in W front bedrooms and some original
woodwork. Stair balustrade brought from Edinburgh and
panelling from Clerkington House, Haddington.
GATEPIERS: 2 polygonal ashlar coped gatepiers with coped
parapet and partially remaining balustrade, sited at W of
house. Further gatepiers, by entrance to former drive, now
at distance from house property and listed separately.
Earlier house by William Adam was completely replaced
by Sir David Baird's commission from Elliott, though
confusion exists in Small and Groome's Gazetteer.
Walled garden, ornamental urn and stables survive from
18th century house but former lectern dovecot has
recently been demolished (1987) Elliot's design cost
$8,505. Gatepiers, East Lodge and Stables listed
separately. Dalmeny House, William Wilkins 1814-17
provided a forerunner in Tudor Gothic style in Scotland.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Strutt and Parker. 2001. The drawing room flat, Newbyth Old Mansion, East Linton, East Lothian : [sale particulars]. sale brochure.
- Bibliographic reference: Hannan, T. 1928. Famous Scottish houses: the Lowlands. 127.
- Article in serial: Bunyon, S. 2006. "General Sir David Baird and the Bairds of Newbyth House", Transactions of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists Society, vol. 26, 2006, p. 55-68.
- Bibliographic reference: Small, J. 1883a. The castles and mansions of the Lothians.
- Bibliographic reference: Rowan, A J. 1963. Newbyth House, East Lothian.
- Bibliographic reference: Adam, W. 1812. Vitruvius Scoticus: being a collection of plans, elevations, and sections of public buildings, noblemen's and gentlemen's houses in Scotland: principally from the designs of the late William Adam Esq., architect. pl????B???????B