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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    DARN HALL; DARNHALL; BLACK BARONY CASTLE; BLACKBARONY CASTLE; HOTEL
  • Canmore ID
    51410
  • Site type
    HOTEL, TOWER HOUSE
  • Parish
    EDDLESTON
  • Council
    PEEBLES-SHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 23639 47269
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.712814N, 3.216931W
  • Archeological notes
    NT24NW 18.00 23639 47269 (NT 2364 4727) Black Barony Hotel (NAT) formerly (NAT) Darn Hall (NR) OS 6" map (1966) NT24NW 18.01 NT 2360 4728 Stable NT24NW 18.02 Centred NT 2361 4724 Gardens NT24NW 18.03 NT 23490 47289 Summer House NT24NW 18.04 NT 23670 47351 Ice-house NT24NW 18.05 NT 23256 47051 Bellview Temple (gazebo) NT24NW 18.06 NT 23849 67457 Walled garden NT24NW 18.07 NT 24128 47186 Gate lodge and gates NMRS REFERENCE Black Barony Album Photograph Album with a survey of Black Barony House, interior and gardens, 1926. NMRS REFERENCE Architect: James Gillespie Graham: design for a new house 1843, not executed. Lorimer and Matthew: extended dining room, 1934. Alexander Roos: work at Darnhall, see Alexander Roos file for correspondence. Miscellaneous: book of photographs, 1926, containing views of house and gardens. EXTERNAL REFERENCE: DICK PEDDIE AND McKAY, EDINBURGH Dick Peddie and McKay: alterations, 1972: attic 2, bin 30, bag 4. Dick Peddie and McKay: alterations, 1975. Dick Peddie and McKay: new tractor and implement shed, 1973: attic 2, bin 30, bag 3. (Undated) information in NMRS. The mansion of Black Barony, sometimes known as Darn Hall, stands in spacious grounds about 1/2 mile W of Eddleston. Its architectural development is complicated. The earliest structure, of which part still remains, is a 16th century tower-house, which was altered and extended sometime between 1700 and 1715. Extensive alterations and additions were made in the second half of the 19th century, while within the past thirty years the house has again been altered and extended to adapt it for use as a hotel. The tower appears to have comprised a main block, measuring about 52' from N to S by 26' 6" transversely together with an irregularly-shaped NE wing incorporating a turnpike stair. The defensive qualities of the site have been masked by later developments, but in the first instance the tower evidently occupied a commanding position, the steep sides of the Dean Burn affording protection both to the S and, to a lesser extent, to the W. The main block of the tower has been so much altered as completely to obscure its original character. In the reconstruction that he carried out before 1715, Sir Alexander Murray filled in the SE re-entrant angle between the main block and the wing of the tower, and formed a symmetrical E facade, flanked by square angletowers, of which the northernmost incorporates 16th century masonry on its lower floors. The property came into the hands of the Murrays of Blackbarony, cadets of the Murrays of Falahill, early in the 16th century, and in 1771 passed to the Murrays of Elibank who retained it until the second quarter of the present century. RCAHMS 1967, visited 1959 The Black Barony Hotel is as described. The name Darn Hall could not be confirmed. Visited by OS (DWR) 24 April 1971.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

  • 51410 (1926)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM No.6: BLACKBARONY ALBUM. Photograph album containing photographs of Black Barony House and grounds taken in 1926.

PRINT ROOM

  • 51410 (1964)
    Engraving of Blackbarony from its grounds. Insc.:'Darn Hall'.
  • 51410 ()
    Engraving. View of main block from NE.
  • 51410 ()
    Postcard. View from E.
  • 51410 ()
    Postcard. View from E.
  • 51410 ()
    Postcard. View from W before hotel additions.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line BC.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. South Elevation.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. West Elevation.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line BC.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Roof.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line AB.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Arching of Sunk Storey.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Sunk Storey.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Attics.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of bedroom floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of ground floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of ground floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. General view.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of front page of portfolio for an unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston (now the Black Barony Hotel), Scottish Borders, titled 'Plans for the house proposed for Darnhall by Jas Gillespie Graham 1843'.
  • 51410 ()
    Photographic copy of engraved view of main block from NE.
  • 712291 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. East Elevation. E11722
  • 702369 ()
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Perspective view.
  • 1258988 ()
    View of main block from E.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of first floor plan.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of ground floor plan.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of second floor plan and ground floor plan of bedroom wing.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of third floor plan and first floor plan of bedroom wing.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Survey second and third floor plans.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Survey ground and first floor plans.
  • 51410 (1949)
    Mechanical copy of drawing PBD/272/7.
  • 51410 (1949)
    Ground and first floor plans and E elevation of main house, with details of windvane dated 1736 and lintel dated 1789. Plan, elevation and section of icehouse.
  • 51410 (18/5/1959)
    Draft plans.
  • 51410 ()
    Main block E elevation and part plan.
  • 51410 (1959)
    Ground floor plan showing phases of construction.
  • 51410 (1929)
    Additions and alterations for Viscount Elibank. Plans, elevations and details of weathervane. Plans, sections, elevations and details of icehouse.
  • 51410 (1925)
    Additions and alterations for Viscount Elibank. Plans, elevation and details of weathervane, fireplace, and mouldings.
  • 51410 (1934)
    Details of fireplaces, windows, door, hatch, steps and railing.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Plans of hotel as existing. Plans, sections and elevation of alterations and additions, including details of windows.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line |AB.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line BC.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line BC.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. West Elevation.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. South Elevation.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. East Elevation.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Section on the Line AB.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Perspective view.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. South Elevation.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Roof.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Roof.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Arching of Sunk Storey.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Arching of Sunk Storey.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Sunk Storey.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Sunk Storey.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Attics.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of bedroom floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of Attics.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of bedroom floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of ground floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of ground floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of ground floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. Plan of ground floor.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. General view.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of front page of portfolio for an unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston (now the Black Barony Hotel), Scottish Borders, titled 'Plans for the house proposed for Darnhall by Jas Gillespie Graham 1843'.
  • 51410 (1843)
    Photographic copy of unexecuted scheme for Darn Hall, Eddleston. General view.
  • 51410 (1959)
    View of main block from E.
  • 51410 (1985)
    View through flora from W.
  • 51410 (1985)
    View from W.
  • 51410 (1985)
    View of main block from E.
  • 51410 (1985)
    View of main block from E.
  • 51410 ()
    Photographic copy of engraved view of main block from NE.
  • 51410 ()
    View from W before hotel additions.
  • 51410 ()
    View from W before hotel additions.
  • 51410 ()
    Photographic copy of drawing showing main block E elevation and part plan.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, S room.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (1925)
    Interior. First floor, general view before conversion to hotel use, showing painted decoration possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, S room, detail of decorated panelling possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor apartment, detail of decorated panel possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, S room, detail of decorated panelling possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, N room, detail of decorated panelling possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, N room, detail of decorated panelling possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, S room.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, S room.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    Interior. First floor, salon, N room.
  • 51410 ()
    View from E.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    View of W elevation from NW from footpath.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    View from W.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    View from W.
  • 51410 (30/7/1986)
    View of E elevation from NE.
  • 51410 (1996)
    General view.
  • 51410 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view centred on map of Scotland from SE.
  • 51410 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view from S.
  • 51410 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view centred on tower house and hotel from SE.
  • 51410 ()
    Interior view of bedroom, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 ()
    Interior view of bedroom, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 ()
    Interior view of drawing room from north west, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 ()
    Interior view of hallway, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 ()
    View of extreme south corner of building from west, looking down ravine and Dean Water, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 ()
    View of west front from west, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 ()
    View of entrance front from east, Darn Hall.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View from E before hotel additions.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View from E before hotel additions.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View from E before hotel additions.
  • 51410 (1925)
    General view from E showing lime avenue.
  • 51410 (1925)
    General view from W.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View from SE from the Dean Burn.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View from SW from Moat Knowe before hotel additions.
  • 51410 (1925)
    Interior. First floor, general view before conversion to hotel use, showing painted decoration possibly by A. Roos.
  • 51410 (1925)
    Detail of pedimented main entrance doorway.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View of roofs and turrets from N before hotel additions.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View of N wing from W before hotel additions.
  • 51410 (1925)
    View from W before hotel additions.
  • 51410 ()
    View of main block from E.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of third floor plan and first floor plan of bedroom wing.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of second floor plan and ground floor plan of bedroom wing.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of first floor plan.
  • 51410 (10/1930)
    Photographic copy of ground floor plan.
  • 51410 (11/5/2005)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house and hotel with the walled garden adjacent, taken from the WSW.
  • 51410 (11/5/2005)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house and hotel with the walled garden adjacent, taken from the W.
  • 51410 (11/5/2005)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house and hotel with the walled garden adjacent, taken from the WNW.
  • 51410 (11/5/2005)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house and hotel with the walled garden adjacent, taken from the ENE.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1132062 (24/7/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the hotel with the stables adjacent, taken from the WSW.
  • 1132061 (24/7/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the hotel with the stables adjacent, taken from the NW.
  • 1132060 (24/7/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the hotel with the stables adjacent, taken from the NE.
  • 1132059 (24/7/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the hotel with the stables adjacent, taken from the ENE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Edinburghshire, Sheet 211852
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Peebles-shire, Sheet IX1856

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Peebles, Sheet 009.051856