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- HER number: MEL3625
- Site Name: Amisfield House
- Grid Reference: 352869 674159
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Site of 18th century mansion, demolished c. 1928
- Description: NT57SW 312.00 NT 52869 74160 Amisfield House
NT57SW 312.01 NT 52345 73828 Amisfield Cottage
NT57SW 312.02 NT 52322 73877 West Lodge
NT57SW 312.03 NT 52329 73844 West Gates
NT57SW 312.04 NT 5337 7408 Ha-ha
NT57SW 312.05 NT 53366 74402 East Lodge
NT57SW 312.06 NT 53482 74319 East Gate
NT57NW 68 NT 5264 7538 Farmhouse
NT57NW 69 NT 5267 7544 Home Farm
NT57NW 70 NT 5285 7508 Gothic Cottage
NT57SW 22 NT 53426 74158 Dovecot
NT57SW 67 NT 5292 7423 Stable block
NT57SW 68 NT 5331 7419 Walled Garden
NT57SW 70 NT 5285 7437 Icehouse
NT57SW 71 NT 5340 7384 Gothic Pavilion
NT57SW 72 NT 5308 7437 Rococo Temple
NT57SW 310 NT 5 7 Amisfield Tower
NT57SW 321 NT 5287 7509 Cottages
Amisfield House is depicted on the 2nd Edition OS map (Haddingtonshire, sheet X, 1907). It has since been demolished.
Information from RCAHMS (TIC), February 2002
ARCHITECT: Isaac Ware c. 1755
John Henderson - additions 1785
Datestone 1783 (photo)
Walled garden laid out c. 1790
Information per Duncan Black, 1982: statues from roof-line in possession of Duke of Hamilton, Lennoxlove.
Demolished c.1928. 1925 caption to EAA photograph held in RCAHMS library. Information from Demolitions catalogue.
NMRS - I.G. Lindsay Collection, W/340
(RIAS) 5 photographs showing the house before and during demolition, 1925, including an interior view of the dining room. The survey was organised by George Sinclair, Architect, Haddington and presented to the EAA as a record. (Filed with Henry Jerr Photographs)
(1) The former site of Amisfield House, regarded as the finest example of Orthodox Palladianism in Scotland, which was built c. 1755 by Isaac Ware for Francis Charteris of Wemyss, who inherited the estate, but not the title of Earl, from his father. It was extended in 1785, but was demolished in 1928. The house was used as officer's quarters during the First World War, while the park was filled with wooden huts which provided accomodation for the men of the Lothian Border Horse Regiment (2). Some of the sandstone from this house was reused to build a school at Prestonpans, the Vert Hospital (in Haddington) and Longniddry Golf Clubhouse. The land was sold to Haddington Town Council in 1960 for £49,000.
A modern clubhouse for the Haddington Golf Club now occupies the site of the house, but the stable-block remains, along with an ice house, temple, walled garden and grand gate piers.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Small, J. 1883a. The castles and mansions of the Lothians.
- Unpublished document: Cockburn, I, Connolly, D, Dean, A & Rycroft, K. 2001. Amisfield Park: Discovering a Hidden Landscape.
- Bibliographic reference: Ware, I. 1970. A complete body of architecture, London 1768.
- Bibliographic reference: Hussey, C. 1965. 'Made by Chippendale?: the Amisfield day-beds', Country Life Vol. 138 Part 3567, p.184-7. 184, 187.
- (1) Article in serial: 2006. 'Amisfield Park', Gazetteer for Scotland.
- (2) Unpublished document: Haddington Community Council. 2006. 1914-1918.