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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    ASHIESTIEL; ASHIESTEEL; FISHER'S REST
  • Canmore ID
    54412
  • Site type
    COUNTRY HOUSE
  • Parish
    CADDONFOOT
  • Council
    SELKIRKSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 43038 35143
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.606545N, 2.905707W
  • Archeological notes
    NT43NW 6 43038 35143 (NT 4303 3513) Ashiesteel (NAT) OS 6" map (1957) Ashiesteel embodies work of at least four periods, the original house having developed from a simple oblong block through the addition of wings to its present form of an open square. The whole now has the general appearance of a 19th century mansion. As seen from the SW, the height appears to be two storeys and an attic, but there is also a basement, visible only on the NE due to the slope of the ground. The walls are harled. The original house, which is said to date from 1660, measured 42 ft by 23 ft, and remains of it can be seen in the NE wall, which is thicker than its SE counterpart, in the gables of the central block, and in the lowermost steps of a stone stair in the basement, renewed above in wood, which is set internally against the centre of the NE side. To this period belongs a fireplace with a roll-and- hollow moulding, evidently original and in situ, in the NW gable on the principal floor, and perhaps also the crow-stepping on the gables of the central block. The NW wing has evidently been built in two stages, both probably in the second half of the 18th century, though the coped crow-steps are identical with those of the SE wing which, with the porch and lateral extensions to the facade and the pierced screen and parapet, is to be dated to about 1830. RCAHMS 1957, visited 1953 Ashiesteel was the home of Sir Walter Scott from 1804 to 1812. The house, which is now called 'Ashiestiel', is not outstanding. Visited by OS (MJF) 29 November 1979 'Echesteile' is listed as a stede in the royal Ettrick Forest in 1456. It was held by Thomas Ker of Ferniehurst in 1588. M L Anderson 1967
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PRINT ROOM

  • 54412 ()
    Postcard. General view.
  • 54412 (1900)
    General view of Ashiestiel House Titled 'Ashestiel House 39619 JV. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM No 55; WALTER SCOTT MELROSE ALBUM
  • 54412 (1885)
    Sketch of Ashiesteel house.
  • 54412 (1930)
    Sepia photograph of front view of house.
  • 54412 (1932)
    Postcard. General view.
  • 54412 ()
    Page 85/1. View from S. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM No 78: HILDA MAY DARLING'S COUNTRY HOUSE ALBUM

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1033980 (10/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house with the farmsteading, farmhouse and lodge adjacent, taken from the SSE.
  • 1033979 (10/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house with the farmsteading, farmhouse and lodge adjacent, taken from the SW.
  • 1033970 (10/4/2006)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the country house with the farmsteading, farmhouse and lodge adjacent, taken from the SE.

  • 54412 (1902)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO.78: MISS HILDA MAY DARLING'S COUNTRY HOUSE ALBUM Miss Hilda May Darling of Priestlaw Duns personal collection of postcards, referred to in messages as 'your house book'. Contains postcards of Country Houses and Hotels from all over Scotland, the majority from East Lothian and Berwickshire. Arranged roughly chronologically from c.1902 to c.1930.
  • 54412 (1880)
    PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM NO.55: WALTER SCOTT MELROSE ALBUM Red morocco leather album with black and gilt striped spine, embossed with the burgh stamp of Melrose on front cover. Album of commercial prints by J.V.Valentine and J. Patrick, c.1880's showing scenes throughout Scotland of places which had been connected with Sir Walter Scott including pictures of horse-drawn trams in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Detail of gate
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    E wing detail of lying pane glazed window
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    S Front detail of ballustrade
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    S Front detail of dormer windows and ballustrade
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    N Front detail of 1830 date plaque
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Gable circular window
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East staircase cast iron bannister
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Fireplace with register grate
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Vaulted coal cellar
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Vaulted coal cellar
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Porch niche
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Basement utility room with belfast sinks
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Basement former kitchen detail of oven
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Basement former kitchen showing range
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor central block bedroom fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor central block bedroom composition painted pine fireplace with register grate
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor central block bedroom with early 19th century marble fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor west wing S bedroom
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing dining room black marble early 19th centuryfireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. West wing sitting room showing fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Ante room with glazed display niches
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Drawing room early 19th century marble fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Drawing room showing early 19th century fireplace and lying pane glazing
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Entrance hall from NW showing N entrance lobby and stair
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Entrance hall from SE with roll moulded fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Detail of rear N entrance
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Stables view from E
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of bothy and terrace railings from E
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View from N showing terrace setting
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View from ENE showing earlier entrance on N front
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    East wing view from SSE show
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View from WNW showing 19th century bathroom tower on W wing
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of wings from W showing 19th century bathroom tower
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View showing setting from S
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View showing setting from SSW
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of forecourt from S
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Main entrance front from SSW
  • 1271711 ()
    View from SW.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 54412 (1920)
    General view.
  • 54412 ()
    General view.
  • 54412 (1955)
    View from NW.
  • 54412 (1955)
    View from SW.
  • 54412 (1955)
    View from SW.
  • 54412 ()
    View from SW.
  • 54412 ()
    View from SW.
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Detail of gate
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    E wing detail of lying pane glazed window
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    S Front detail of ballustrade
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    S Front detail of dormer windows and ballustrade
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    N Front detail of 1830 date plaque
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Gable circular window
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East staircase cast iron bannister
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Fireplace with register grate
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Vaulted coal cellar
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Vaulted coal cellar
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Porch niche
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Basement utility room with belfast sinks
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Basement former kitchen detail of oven
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Basement former kitchen showing range
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor central block bedroom fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor central block bedroom composition painted pine fireplace with register grate
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor central block bedroom with early 19th century marble fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. First Floor west wing S bedroom
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing dining room black marble early 19th centuryfireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. West wing sitting room showing fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. West wing sitting room showing fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Ante room with glazed display niches
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Ante room with glazed display niches
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Drawing room early 19th century marble fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Drawing room showing early 19th century fireplace and lying pane glazing
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. East wing Drawing room showing early 19th century fireplace and lying pane glazing
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Entrance hall from NW showing N entrance lobby and stair
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Entrance hall from NW showing N entrance lobby and stair
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Entrance hall from SE with roll moulded fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Interior. Entrance hall from SE with roll moulded fireplace
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Detail of rear N entrance
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Stables view from E
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of bothy and terrace railings from E
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View from N showing terrace setting
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View from ENE showing earlier entrance on N front
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    East wing view from SSE show
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View from WNW showing 19th century bathroom tower on W wing
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of wings from W showing 19th century bathroom tower
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View showing setting from S
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View showing setting from S
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View showing setting from SSW
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View showing setting from SSW
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of forecourt from S
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    View of forecourt from S
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Main entrance front from SSW
  • 54412 (9/9/2003)
    Main entrance front from SSW

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Selkirkshire, Sheet VII1858

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Selkirk, Sheet 007.071858
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Selkirk, Sheet 007.071858
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Selkirk, Sheet 007.071858