Millearne House, Perthshire

Pencil on board, 1975
Survey by RCAHMS

Pencil on paper, 1975
Survey by RCAHMS

Upon inheriting an independent fortune, John George Home-Drummond,  purchased Millearne Estate in 1821. He then set about adapting the existing house into his own Gothic fantasy.

Millearne House was partly planned by the architects R and R Dickson, although Home-Drummond also took a leading role in its design. Inspiration arose from sources such as Augustus Pugin’s Specimens of Gothic Architecture, published in 1821.

Almost a century late, such Gothic Revival houses enjoyed a new appreciation. This is reflected by RCAHMS decision to undertake these detailed drawings of Millearne House prior to its demolition in the early 1970s, showing the west elevation and ceiling patterns of the house. This was the first time that RCAHMS made such a comprehensive record of so relatively modern a structure.