Saturday, 26 March 2016
He handed me the package and I almost immediately recognized the hand-writing of an old school pal who works at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).
He knows how keen I am about heritage and country houses.
To my delight, the parcel contained a hard-back copy of Dumfries House.
In this landmark book, the author, Simon Green, draws on previously unpublished documents from the extensive archives of the Bute family, who lived in the house from the early 19th century until the death of Lady Bute in 1993.
There is a wealth of photographs, plans and drawings from the National Trust for Scotland and the RCAHMS.
Exploring the people and the ideas behind a unique building, 'Dumfries House' is the story of the survival of a treasured eighteenth century family residence.
First published in March, 2014.