Duchal House

A harled Georgian mansion-house, modest in its pretension but elegant in proportion. Built in 1768 (it may be to a design by Edinburgh architect John Douglas (d. c.1768), who had some years earlier been engaged at nearby Finlaystone House) it exemplifies the familiar symmetrical rigour of the classical country house, here taking the form of a five-bay, two-storey-and-basement structure with piended roof. The pedimented centre bay of the principal south-east façade advances slightly, a perron stair rising to a Venetian doorway which has sidelights flanked by Doric pilasters. A similar, if somewhat less finely detailed, arrangement repeats at the centre of the north-west front. In its west wing, raised to three storeys by Campbell & Hislop in 1910-12, Duchal incorporates fabric from an earlier house of c. 1710.

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