The Scottish Country House
- ISBN 9780500516553
- 31.00 x 23.50 cm
- 220 Illustrations, 220 in colour
- First published 2012
The Scottish Country House will enthral anyone with an interest in Scotland, history, architecture or interior decoration – all wrapped in a compelling narrative of past lives and taste.
‘Magnificent … neatly tells the story of Scottish architecture in its full extravagant splendour … 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
‘Sensational … Anyone interested in architectural history will find this book difficult to put down’– The Scots Magazine
These ten extraordinary houses and castles 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.
But, as author James Knox writes ‘The glory of Scottish country houses is not just their architecture but their contents, which add layers of personality to the interiors.’ 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 was born and brought up in Ayrshire where he still lives. He holds a degree in art history from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD. Formerly publisher of the Spectator, he is currently 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. He is also chairman of the Boswell Museum and Mausoleum Trust, created to revive the reputation of the inventor of modern biography.
James Fennell specializes in interior, architectural, portrait, fashion and travel photography. His photographs have been published in Condé Nast Traveller, World of Interiors, Elle Décor and Architectural Digest. His books include The Irish Country House and The Irish Pub, both published by Thames & Hudson.