Wedderburn Castle

Wedderburn Castle
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Wedderburn Castle

Wedderburn Castle is a grand, if lesser known, country house located 1¼ miles (2 km) southeast of Duns in the Scottish Borders. Built around an old tower-house, Wedderburn is the creation of architects James (1732-94) and Robert (1728-92) Adam, between 1771-5, for Patrick Home, the 13th Lord Wedderburn (1728 - 1808). Home departed on a 'Grand Tour' of Europe leaving the supervision of the project to his nephew, George.

A grand square toy-fort with octagonal corner towers and a central bay, the castle had been modified only once, in the 1820s, with the addition of a front porch and two-storey stair hall. Inside this hall, twin staircases sweep majestically up to the gallery, a 30-m (100-foot) long arched hall-way. Public rooms include an elegant drawing room, a grand ballroom cum library, and an oval morning room.

The lands were once owned by the Wedderburn family, passed to the Blackadders and were then acquired by the Home family in the 14th C. through murder and enforced marriage. The remains of the old tower-house can be seen in the courtyard of the more modern structure and Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to have stayed here en route to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Wedderburn remains in the Home family and is rented as an exclusive hide-away.

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