The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century Volume 1

The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...are very primitive. The ground floor (Fig. 226) contains a vaulted cellar with entrance door to the keep, and a spiral staircase in the north-east corner. The hall occupies the first floor (Fig. 227), with windows on three sides, and stone seats in the recesses, and a door in the north side, which might be used without the risk of surprise, as might happen if the lower door was opened. The upper floor is similar to the hall, and there was another room in the roof. The first and second floors have garde-robes in the north-west corner, and a shoot door to the moat, traces of which may be seen close along the west side of the castle (Fig. 225). The existing portion of the west wall of the courtyard, and the round gate tower at what was the south-west angle of the courtyard (Figs. 225, 228), are very interesting. From the inscription on the skew-put (Fig. 227), the date of the tower is 1582. The same stone carries a shield with the arms of Balfour of Balgarvie, with the letters IB and MB, probably for Sir James Balfour of Mountquhanie, who married Margaret Balfour, heiress of Burleigh. On the other skew-put (Fig. 227) is the red rose which is the distinguishing mark of this family amongst the Balfours. The basement contains a vaulted cellar, from which the curious horizontal embrasures for guns could be utilised. The door, although now outside the courtyard wall, was originally inside it. The turret, so picturesquely inserted in the angle, contains the staircase to the upper floors. The first floor contains a room brought nearly to the square internally, while the upper floor is corbelled out in the rather extrava gant but effective manner characteristic of the above date, so as to make it square externally as well as internally. This enables...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236764056
  • 9781236764058