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The Invereil designed landscape was laid out in the late 1890s on 4 hectares of land cleared of trees in the eastern portion of Linkhouse Wood, situated to the west of North Berwick. The baronial-style mansion house, coach house, stables, walled garden, and lodge are accessed from Dirleton road to the south. The upper floors of Invereil House have 180 degree panoramic views from the Forth Bridges in the west, to the Island of Fidra in the east. Subdivision of both house and grounds occurred in the 1970s but Invereil House is now, once again, in single ownership. 

Further details about Invereil House are available on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland website: 

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/346337/details/invereil+house/

http://orapweb.rcahms.gov.uk/wp/00/WP003811.pdf

REFERENCES

 

1. MAPPED SOURCES

Unless otherwise stated all maps referenced are from the online National Library of Scotland Map Collectionhttp://maps.nls.uk 

Roy Military Survey of Scotland (Lowlands circa1755) showing Linkhouse and Ferrygate Farms

Map of Haddingtonshire (William Forrest 1802) showing crescent-shaped Linkhouse Wood

Ordnance Survey First Edition Six Inch to One Mile Haddingtonshire Sheet 2 Surveyed 1853, Published 1854

Ordnance Survey Second & Later Editions 25 Inch to One Mile Haddingtonshire Sheet 002.11 Revised circa1893, Published 1894

Ordnance Survey Second & Later Editions 25 Inch to One Mile Haddingtonshire Sheet 002.11 Revised circa1906, Published 1907

Ordnance Survey Second & Later Editions 25 inch to One Mile Haddingtonshire Sheet 002.11 Revised circa1938, Published 1945 [in outline only as the revision survey documents were lost during enemy action in World War II]

 

2. PRIMARY & DOCUMENTARY SOURCES

For J E Laidlay. Plan, sections and elevations [of Invereil House]. Dick Peddie & McKay (12/1897) Dick Peddie Archive (RCAHMS DPM 1890/84/1).

For J E Laidlay. Plan, sections and elevations [of Invereil House], including Ordnance survey map of area. Dick Peddie & McKay (6/1898) Dick Peddie Archive (RCAHMS DPM 1890/84/2).

For J E Laidlay. Details of boudoir, entrance door, and principal staircase. General plan of Mr Laidlay’s feu. Plan, sections and elevations of [Invereil] gate lodge, including details. Dick Peddie & McKay (2/1899) Dick Peddie Archive (RCAHMS DPM 1890/84/4).

For J E Laidlay and later for Graham Wright. Drainage plans. Plans of alterations and additions [at Invereil House]. Dick Peddie & McKay (3/1906) Dick Peddie Archive (RCAHMS DPM 1890/84/5).

Gate Lodge Dirleton. Detail of front gate [for Invereil House]. Dick Peddie & McKay (1898) Dick Peddie Archive (RCAHMS DP002945). 

Register of Sasines (RS) (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh)

Valuation Rolls (VR) (National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh)

 

3. HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS & PICTORIAL SOURCES

Darling, H M (22/8/1904) Country House [Photograph] Album (RCAHMS PA 78/27/2) 

20 July 1940, RAF Second World War Aerial Reconnaissance B&W oblique aerial image, near Invereil House East Lothian, facing S. (RCAHMS 006-004-003-015-C)

19 June 1941, RAF Second World War Aerial Reconnaissance B&W vertical aerial image, near Ferrygate Dirleton East Lothian [Scale 1:18000]. (RCAHMS 006-004-003-587-C)

1970 Private collection, 35mm colour transparencies of walled garden.

07 June 1988, All Scotland Survey colour vertical aerial image near Hummel Ridges, North Berwick East Lothian [Scale 1:24000]. (RCAHMS 006-005-000-995-C)

Google Earth (2006)

 

4. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PUBLISHED SOURCES

 Bacon, G W (Ed.) (1907), Popular Atlas of the British Isles, Bacon. London

Census 1901 and 1911www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1840–1980 (DSA)www.scottisharchitects.org.uk

Hall, D & Bowler, D, North Berwick, East Lothian: its archaeology revisited. Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 127 (1997), 659–75.

Historic Scotlandhttp://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Jekyll, G (1914), Wood and Garden, Longman, p.214.

Kenneth Ryden and Partners (1985) Invereil House, by Dirleton, North Berwick, East Lothian: [sale particulars], Edinburgh (RCAHMS D.7.13.INV.S)

Knight Frank and Rutley (1992) Invereil House, by Dirleton, North Berwick, East Lothian: [sale particulars], Edinburgh. (RCAHMS D.7.13.INV.S)

Knight Frank and Strutt & Parker (2011) Invereil House, by Dirleton, North Berwick, East Lothian: [sale particulars], Edinburgh. 

McWilliam, C (1978), Buildings of Scotland: Lothian, Yale.

Mosley, Charles (Ed.) (2003) Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage 107th ed. Wilmington accessed viawww.thepeerage.com. 

http://www.northberwick.org.uk/laidlay.html

http://www.northberwick.org.uk/walks_2.html

Principal building:

Baronial mansion house Created 1899 by Sir George Washington Browne

3-storey plain Baronial house of red trachyte rubble.

Designation status: Historic Environment Scotland Listed Building Grade Category B Reference 4838