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Hopetoun House (Abercorn Castle)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house, the 15th century Abercorn Castle, near the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Charles Hope, later 1st Earl of Hopetoun.

    House & Family History: The Hope family have had land here since the 17th century. The current house was built for Charles Hope, later 1st Earl of Hopetoun, between 1699 and 1702 to the designs of William Bruce. Hopetoun was then greatly enlarged by William Adam, Sr., 1721-26 (Hopetoun is considered one of Adam's most important projects). In the mid-18th century the interior was completed by William Adam's sons, John and Robert Adam, and contains exceptionally rich and splendid rooms appropriate for a private palace. Hopetoun is also noted for its extremely fine examples of Scottish carving, wainscoting, and ceiling painting. In 1974 Hopetoun and 100 acres of parkland surrounding the House were vested in an independent charitable trust.

    Collections: James Penman's silver ewer and basin, made in 1706, was sold to the National Museum, Edinburgh, in 1982.

    Comments: Hopetoun is frequently called "Scotland's finest stately home."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Park was designed by William Adam in 1725; the Walled Garden came later, very likely in the late 18th century. In 1963 an 18th century mound was excavated to reveal the remains of the earlier manor house, the 15th century Abercorn Castle. The Royal Drive, leading up to the House, is used only by members of the royal family. King George IV arrived here in 1822 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1988.

  • Architect: William Burn

    Date: 1831
    Designed: Gothic style Hope family mausoleum

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    Architect: William Bruce

    Date: 1699-1710
    Designed: House for Charles Hope, later 1st Earl of Hopetoun (1699-1702). Later works (1706-10).

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    Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1750-56
    Designed: Completed house, together with his brother, John, for 2nd Earl of Hopetoun.

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    Architect: William Adam Sr.

    Date: 1721-26
    Designed: Enlarged and remodeled House for 1st and 2nd Earls of Hopetoun (1721-26) and lad out Park (1725).

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    Architect: John Adam

    Date: 1750-56
    Designed: Completed house, together with his brother, Robert, for 2nd Earl of Hopetoun.

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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. II, pls. 75-77, 1717.

    Vitruvius Scoticus: Adam, W., pls. 14-21, 1810.

    John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 156, 1853.

    Country Life: CXIX, 16, 62 plan, 1956.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 42, 57, 178, 195
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Hopetoun House Guidebook
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1996
    Publisher: Derbyshire: Pilgrim Press Ltd.
    ISBN: 090059473X
    Book Type: Light Softback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed as a Garden & Designed Landscape

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  • Current Seat / Home of: Adrian John Charles Hope, 4th Marquess of Linlithgow.

    Past Seat / Home of: John Alexander Hope, 6th Earl of Hopetoun, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: The House and Estate is owned by Hopetoun House Preservation Trust.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01313-312-451

    Fax: 01313-191-885

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.hopetoun.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: Yes