Scottish Country House

The Scottish Country House

  1. James Knox
  2. Photographs by James Fennell
  • ISBN 9780500291726
  • 28.00 x 21.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 208pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2015

New in paperback, enthralling reading for anyone with an interest in Scotland, history, architecture or interior decoration – in a compelling narrative of past lives and taste

‘Sensational … Anyone interested in architectural history will find this book difficult to put down’ – The Scots Magazine
‘Magnificent … Knox writes with an easy and absorbing grace … the sumptuous photography by James Fennell is pin-sharp and superbly reproduced … this will make a fine present for anyone who loves Scotland or grand interiors’– The Times


The ten extraordinary houses and castles featured in this book have all survived the vicissitudes of Scotland’s history with almost all of their original families still in residence. Each house also represents a landmark in Scotland’s architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century.

The architectural revelation is matched by sensational settings, which merge designed gardens and landscape with the unparalleled wildness and vistas of Scotland. All of these cherished houses are chockablock with memories of the past, from swagger portraits to sporrans, from vintage photographs to ancient weaponry, from curling stones to fading chintz.

James Fennell’s masterly photographs capture the distinctive atmosphere of each residence. As he guides the reader on an intimate tour of the houses, Knox recounts their histories and profiles the colourful lairds, clan chiefs and nobles who have called them home.

James Knox is managing director of The Art Newspaper. He is a trustee of the Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.
James Fennell’s books include The Irish Country House and The Irish Pub, both published by Thames & Hudson.