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Brief description of site

Dalkeith House is situated between the Rivers North and South Esk which flow through the policies. The estate was renowned for its woodland of many ages and still contains ancient oak trees and 19th-century ornamental woodland with walks through it. A mid-19th-century conservatory, designed by William Sawrey Gilpin, survives although the formal parterre around it has disappeared.

Brief history of site

The estate belonged originally to the Douglas family but has been in the ownership of the Buccleughs since 1642. The Deer Park was first enclosed around this time. A formal design dating from before 1750 was altered in the mid-19th century to an informal layout. Many architects were involved in this site, including the Adam family.
The house was the principal residence of the Buccleugh family until after World War 1. It has since been let for business and educational purposes. The 19th-century ornamental gardens around the house have largely been lost but the wider policies and parkland have become a Country Park.

Location information:

Locality: Dalkeith

Local Authorities:


Historical County: Midlothian

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 66 Grid Ref: NT333679
Latitude: 55.8996 Longitude: -3.06826

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Dalkeith Country Park is open daily in season.

Key information:

Form of site: country park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: public park

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 431

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