Thirlestane Castle Photos

Thirlestane Castle north of Melrose, was built (1670-6) for the powerful Maitland family by architect Sir William Bruce. It boasts some of the richest sculpted ceilings in Scotland plus an important collection of furnishings.

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Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Architectural detail of transition between round towers & square superstructure at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Entry portal flanked by bronze cranes at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Front facade of Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Thirlestane Castle (1670-6). Scotland. Architect: Sir William Bruce.Architectural detail of transition between round towers & square superstructure (1670-6) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Entry portal flanked by bronze cranes at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Front facade of Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Towers flanking stairs at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Roofline of Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Lion on crown in gable at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Rear tower of Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Towers flanking stairs at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Roofline of Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Lion on crown in gable at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Rear tower of Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Paneled room in 16th C keep at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of John Maitland 1st Lord Thirlestane, Chancellor of Scotland copy by John Scougal at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Sir William Maitland by George Jamesone after earlier painting at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Paneled room (1840) in 16th C keep at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of John Maitland (1545-95) 1st Lord Thirlestane, Chancellor of Scotland copy by John Scougal at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Sir William Maitland (1523-73) by George Jamesone after earlier painting at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Isabel Maitland Lady Elphinstone & John Elphinstone 8th Lord Elphinstone both by John Scougal at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portraits of Honourable Charles Maitland & unknown gentleman in paneled room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Palanquin at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Isabel Maitland (c1654-1706) Lady Elphinstone & John Elphinstone (16491718) 8th Lord Elphinstone both by John Scougal at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portraits of Honourable Charles Maitland (1662-1716) & unknown gentleman in paneled room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Palanquin at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Library at Thirlestane Castle with porcelain collection. Scotland.Round table in library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Library ceiling & gas chandelier at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Library at Thirlestane Castle with porcelain collection. Scotland.Round table in library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Library ceiling & gas chandelier at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Billiards room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Billiard table at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Folding card table in billiard room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Collection of fishing flies in room screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Billiards room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Billiard table at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Folding card table in billiard room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Collection of fishing flies in room screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Collection of fishing flies at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Photo of Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Wall mounted converted oil lamp at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Photography taken by Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Collection of fishing flies at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Photo of Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale (1868-1931) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Wall mounted converted oil lamp at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Photography taken by Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale (early 20th C) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Camera used by Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Metal plaques awarded to by Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale for his photography at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Kneehole desk in small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Camera used by Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Metal plaques awarded to by Frederick Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale for his photography at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Kneehole desk in small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Mantle clock in small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Family bible on elaborate gilt lectern in small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Sculpted ceiling of Duke's room by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Mantle clock (prob. French) in small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Family bible (1772) on elaborate gilt lectern in small library at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Sculpted ceiling (1600s) of Duke's room by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Sculpted ceiling with Maitland crest in center in Duke's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.John Maitland Duke of Lauderdale in robes of Knight of Garter portrait at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Elizabeth Murray Countess of Dysart & Duchess of Lauderdale portrait at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Display cabinet in Duke's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Sculpted ceiling (1600s) with Maitland crest in center in Duke's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.John Maitland (1616-82) Duke of Lauderdale in robes of Knight of Garter portrait at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Elizabeth Murray (c1630-98) Countess of Dysart & Duchess of Lauderdale portrait at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Display cabinet in Duke's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Porcelain plate with Maitland motto "Consilio et Animis" at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Covered porcelain tureen with Maitland crest & motto "Consilio et Animis" at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Great mirror & sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Porcelain plate with Maitland motto "Consilio et Animis" at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Covered porcelain tureen with Maitland crest & motto "Consilio et Animis" at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Great mirror & sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Details of sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Details of sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Fireplace in grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Details of sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Details of sculpted ceiling of grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Fireplace in grand bed chamber at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
English clock by James William Benson of Bond St., London with Wedgewood bisque inserts at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Rococo room screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Bonnie Prince Charlie's room who stayed at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Embroidered bedspread in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
English clock by James William Benson of Bond St., London with Wedgewood bisque inserts at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Rococo room screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Bonnie Prince Charlie's room who stayed (Nov., 1745) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Embroidered bedspread in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Sitting bathtub in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Toilet chair in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Medical cabinet at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Pitchers & basins in porcelain washing set at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Sitting bathtub in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Toilet chair in Bonnie Prince Charlie's room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Medical cabinet at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Pitchers & basins in porcelain washing set at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire style seating in large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire style seating before large drawing room fireplace at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room chandelier & sculpted ceiling at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire style seating in large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire style seating before large drawing room fireplace at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room chandelier & sculpted ceiling (1600s) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Large drawing room sculpted ceiling by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room sculpted ceiling detail by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire style red damask sofa in large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire desk with porcelain inlays in large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Large drawing room sculpted ceiling (1600s) by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room sculpted ceiling (1600s) detail by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire style red damask sofa in large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French Empire desk with porcelain inlays in large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Rococo style piano stool supported by carved dolphin at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Green walled end of large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room fireplace from Siena supporting elaborate lamps at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room sculpted ceiling by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Rococo style piano stool supported by carved dolphin at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Green walled end of large drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room fireplace (1840) from Siena supporting elaborate lamps at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room sculpted ceiling (1600s) by George Dunsterfield at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Large drawing room sculpted eagle on ceiling at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room sculpted ceiling detail at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew by Theodore Ramos at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Country scene painting in grand staircase at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Large drawing room sculpted eagle on ceiling (1600s) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Large drawing room sculpted ceiling (1600s) detail at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew by Theodore Ramos at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Country scene painting in grand staircase at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Grand staircase sculpted ceiling at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Ante drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French clock with bearded Roman god at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Carved eagle on corner of mirror frame at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Grand staircase sculpted ceiling (1672) at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Ante drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French clock with bearded Roman god at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Carved eagle on corner of mirror frame at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Doorway with pediment & bust ante drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Doorway pediment & bust ante drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Chinese cabinet with collection of Chinese porcelain & ceramics at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Chinese screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Doorway with pediment & bust ante drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Doorway pediment & bust ante drawing room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Chinese cabinet with collection of Chinese porcelain & ceramics at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Chinese screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Dragon detail of Chinese screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Dining room ceiling & family portraits at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Dining room ceiling by David Bryce at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Family portraits in dining room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Dragon detail of Chinese screen at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Dining room ceiling & family portraits at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Dining room ceiling (1840) by David Bryce at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Family portraits in dining room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Family portraits in dining room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French mantle clock with father time over three fates spinning destiny at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portraits of Lords & Ladies in dining room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Anthony Todd by George Romney at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Family portraits in dining room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.French mantle clock with father time over three fates spinning destiny at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portraits of Lords & Ladies in dining room at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Portrait of Anthony Todd (1716-98) by George Romney at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Edwardian doll house in nursery wing at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Collection of tin toys at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Rocking horse at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Toy model of London coach at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Edwardian doll house in nursery wing at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Collection of tin toys at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Rocking horse at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Toy model of London coach at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Elephant & Castle game from London at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Nursery bedroom with graphics of children as soldiers at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Antique inhaler flanked by royal souvenirs in nursery at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.
Elephant & Castle game (1822) from London at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Nursery bedroom with graphics of children as soldiers at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.Antique inhaler flanked by royal souvenirs in nursery at Thirlestane Castle. Scotland.

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