Traquair House Photos

Traquair House is a private mansion west of Melrose which offers tours. Traquair started as a hunting lodge frequented by Scottish royals. The family remained loyal to the Catholic Church (the house has secret rooms for a priest) and supported Bonnie Prince Charlie in his war to restore the Scottish royal family to the throne of Scotland. Traquair's towers (c1492) and added wings (1559 & 1599) display a range of furnishings spanning the era.

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Traquair House with towers & wing additions. Scotland.Traquair House was early hunting lodge for Scottish kings. Scotland.Traquair House tower & east wing. Scotland.West wing chapel extension of Traquair House. Scotland.
Traquair House with towers (c1492) & wing additions (left) (1559 & 1599). Scotland.Traquair House was early hunting lodge for Scottish kings. Scotland.Traquair House tower (c1492) & east wing (c1800s). Scotland.West wing chapel extension (1829) of Traquair House. Scotland.
View of gates at Traquair House. Scotland.Maze at Traquair House. Scotland.Medieval studded front door at Traquair House. Scotland.Metalwork door knocker on front door at Traquair House. Scotland.
View of gates (1695-9) at Traquair House. Scotland.Maze at Traquair House. Scotland.Medieval studded front door at Traquair House. Scotland.Metalwork door knocker (1705) on front door at Traquair House. Scotland.
Hand blown window glass at Traquair House. Scotland.Carved door with Scottish royal symbols at Traquair House. Scotland.Servant's bells in entrance hall at Traquair House. Scotland.Carved plaque with Scottish royal arms with unicorns initialed MR at Traquair House. Scotland.
Hand blown window glass at Traquair House. Scotland.Carved door (1601) with Scottish royal symbols at Traquair House. Scotland.Servant's bells in entrance hall at Traquair House. Scotland.Carved plaque with Scottish royal arms with unicorns initialed MR at Traquair House. Scotland.
Cellar room once used as dairy displays churns at Traquair House. Scotland.Cellar room displaying spooky objects at Traquair House. Scotland.Secret staircase leading up to Priest's room at Traquair House. Scotland.Bonnie Price Charlie painting at Traquair House. Scotland.
Cellar room once used as dairy displays churns at Traquair House. Scotland.Cellar room displaying spooky objects at Traquair House. Scotland.Secret staircase leading up to Priest's room at Traquair House. Scotland.Bonnie Price Charlie painting at Traquair House. Scotland.
Genealogical tree of the Royal Family of Scotland at Traquair House. Scotland.Still room, for preserves in 1800s, now displays china collection plus unusual painting of books over fireplace at Traquair House. Scotland.Still room, china collection at Traquair House. Scotland.Porcelain figurines & plates at Traquair House. Scotland.
Genealogical tree of the Royal Family of Scotland at Traquair House. Scotland.Still room, for preserves in 1800s, now displays china collection plus unusual painting of books over fireplace at Traquair House. Scotland.Still room, china collection at Traquair House. Scotland.Porcelain figurines & plates at Traquair House. Scotland.
Famille rose porcelain plates at Traquair House. Scotland.Octagonal tureen & serving platter in cobalt blue at Traquair House. Scotland.High drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers of Antwerp in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Famille rose porcelain plates at Traquair House. Scotland.Octagonal tureen & serving platter in cobalt blue at Traquair House. Scotland.High drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Harpsichord (1651) by Andreas Ruckers of Antwerp in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Scottish style painted ceiling in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Baroque wallpaper detail in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Traquair family portraits in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Portrait of Charles 4th Earl of Traquair at Traquair House. Scotland.
Scottish style painted ceiling (1500s) in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Baroque wallpaper detail in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Traquair family portraits in high drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Portrait of Charles 4th Earl of Traquair (1659-1741) at Traquair House. Scotland.
Dressing room with portraits & Scottish chest of drawers with square drawer for hats at Traquair House. Scotland.Portable tin bathtub beside portable bidet in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Tin watering cans to carry bathwater to bathtub in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Washstand with pitchers & basins in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Dressing room with portraits & Scottish chest of drawers with square drawer for hats at Traquair House. Scotland.Portable tin bathtub beside portable bidet in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Tin watering cans to carry bathwater to bathtub in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Washstand with pitchers & basins in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Pitcher & basin beside shaving mirror in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.King's room with bed once used by Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Embroidered bed canopy in King's room at Traquair House. Scotland.King's room with cradle once used by baby King James VI of Scotland at Traquair House. Scotland.
Pitcher & basin beside shaving mirror in dressing room at Traquair House. Scotland.King's room with bed once used by Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Embroidered bed canopy in King's room at Traquair House. Scotland.King's room with cradle once used by baby King James VI of Scotland (James I of England) at Traquair House. Scotland.
Carving detail on cradle used by Mary Queen of Scots for her baby son King James VI of Scotland at Traquair House. Scotland.Drawing of Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Kneehole desk supporting shaving mirror & candlesticks at Traquair House. Scotland.Bible or document box in King's room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Carving detail on cradle used by Mary Queen of Scots for her baby son King James VI of Scotland at Traquair House. Scotland.Drawing of Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Kneehole desk supporting shaving mirror & candlesticks at Traquair House. Scotland.Bible or document box in King's room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Museum room at Traquair House. Scotland.Rosary & crucifix which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.White satin bag which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Purse which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.
Museum room at Traquair House. Scotland.Rosary & crucifix which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.White satin bag which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Purse which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.
Shoe which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Beaded box containing hair of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Traquair House. Scotland.Wine glasses engraved with Jacobite roses used for secret toasts to Stuart monarchs in exile at Traquair House. Scotland.Wine glasses engraved with Jacobite roses used for secret toasts to Stuart monarchs in exile at Traquair House. Scotland.
Shoe which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots at Traquair House. Scotland.Beaded box containing hair of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Traquair House. Scotland.Wine glasses engraved with Jacobite roses used for secret toasts to Stuart monarchs in exile at Traquair House. Scotland.Wine glasses engraved with Jacobite roses used for secret toasts to Stuart monarchs in exile at Traquair House. Scotland.
Edinburgh + English silverware & silver objects including tongue scrapers , wine label, tea strainer & nutmeg grater at Traquair House. Scotland.Set of Napier's Bones for multiplication at Traquair House. Scotland.Child's highchair convertible to walker & rocker functions at Traquair House. Scotland.Library at Traquair House. Scotland.
Edinburgh + English silverware & silver objects (1700s) including tongue scrapers (lower left), wine label, tea strainer & nutmeg grater at Traquair House. Scotland.Set of Napier's Bones (c1600) for multiplication (precursor of slide rule) at Traquair House. Scotland.Child's highchair convertible to walker & rocker functions at Traquair House. Scotland.Library at Traquair House. Scotland.
Library chair where reader sits backwards straddling seat, supporting book on back at Traquair House. Scotland.Library fireplace with ceiling frieze painted with philosopher portraits at Traquair House. Scotland.Library ceiling frieze painted with philosopher portraits at Traquair House. Scotland.Engraving of Scottish Kings Robert III, James I, II, III at Traquair House. Scotland.
Library chair where reader sits backwards straddling seat, supporting book on back at Traquair House. Scotland.Library fireplace with ceiling frieze painted with philosopher portraits at Traquair House. Scotland.Library ceiling frieze painted with philosopher portraits at Traquair House. Scotland.Engraving of Scottish Kings Robert III, James I, II, III at Traquair House. Scotland.
Engraving of Scottish Kings Robert Bruce, David Bruce II, Edward Balliol, & Robert Stuart II at Traquair House. Scotland.Library step stool with pole for support at Traquair House. Scotland.Priest's room where priest lived secretly when Catholicism was banned at Traquair House. Scotland.Bookshelves in priest's room which hid escape staircase at Traquair House. Scotland.
Engraving of Scottish Kings Robert Bruce, David Bruce II, Edward Balliol, & Robert Stuart II at Traquair House. Scotland.Library step stool with pole for support at Traquair House. Scotland.Priest's room where priest lived secretly when Catholicism was banned at Traquair House. Scotland.Bookshelves in priest's room which hid escape staircase at Traquair House. Scotland.
Dining room in modern east wing at Traquair House. Scotland.Table setting with candlesticks & punchbowl in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.Silver punchbowl with battle scene on stand in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.Horn-handled of gimbaled burner beside wineglass rinsers & finger bowl in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Dining room in modern east wing (1694) at Traquair House. Scotland. Architect: James Smith.Table setting with candlesticks & punchbowl in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.Silver punchbowl with battle scene on stand in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.Horn-handled of gimbaled burner beside wineglass rinsers & finger bowl in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Piano in dining room under wallpaper purchased at Great Exhibition at Traquair House. Scotland.Dining room sideboard with knife boxes at Traquair House. Scotland.Sideboard with wine decanters in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.Glass bowl engraved with view of Traquair House in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.
Piano in dining room under wallpaper purchased at Great Exhibition (1851) at Traquair House. Scotland.Dining room sideboard with knife boxes at Traquair House. Scotland.Sideboard with wine decanters in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.Glass bowl engraved with view of Traquair House in dining room at Traquair House. Scotland.
George 5th Lord Seton & Family painting by Antonio Moro at Traquair House. Scotland.Lower drawing room in east wing at Traquair House. Scotland.Cradle & Flemish cabinet with small drawers in lower drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Chapel in west wing at Traquair House. Scotland.
George 5th Lord Seton & Family (1529-84) painting by Antonio Moro at Traquair House. Scotland.Lower drawing room in east wing at Traquair House. Scotland.Cradle & Flemish cabinet (1600s) with small drawers in lower drawing room at Traquair House. Scotland.Chapel (1829) in west wing at Traquair House. Scotland.
Stations of the cross carvings in chapel at Traquair House. Scotland.Nativity carving in chapel at Traquair House. Scotland.Pontius Pilate carving in chapel at Traquair House. Scotland.
Stations of the cross carvings in chapel at Traquair House. Scotland.Nativity carving in chapel at Traquair House. Scotland.Pontius Pilate carving in chapel at Traquair House. Scotland.

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