Gardie House

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Gardie House
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Gardie House
Coordinates 60°09′36″N 1°07′23″W / 60.1601°N 1.1230°W / 60.1601; -1.1230Coordinates: 60°09′36″N 1°07′23″W / 60.1601°N 1.1230°W / 60.1601; -1.1230
Listed Building – Category A
Designated 13 August 1971
Reference no. 5880
Designated 2003
Gardie House is located in Shetland
Gardie House
Location in Shetland

Gardie House is an 18th-century estate house on Bressay in Shetland, Scotland. Located opposite Lerwick, across the Bressay Sound, Gardie is described by Historic Scotland as an "example of the smaller Scottish country house, unique in Shetland."[1]

The house is protected as a category A listed building,[2] and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.[1]

History[edit]

The Henderson family owned Gardie from the 17th century,[3] and in 1724 Magnus Henderson (died 1753) had the present house built. The builder was a mason from Aberdeen named Forbes.[4] The double-pile plan of Gardie was relatively novel in the early 18th century. The symmetrical arrangement of walled gardens leading down to a harbour was laid out at the same time.[4] The drawing room contains fine wooden panelling, installed around 1750.[2]

The house passed out of the Henderson family in 1799, and was inherited by Elizabeth Nicolson and her husband Thomas Mouat of Garth, the builder of Belmont House on Unst. Their nephew, William Mouat, added the porch and constructed the steading and Gothic cottage in the grounds. Sir Walter Scott dined at Gardie House during his 1814 visit to Shetland. In 1905 the house was altered, and remains privately owned. In 2001, the owner was John Hamilton Scott, Lord Lieutenant of Shetland.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gardie House". Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Historic Scotland. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Gardie House: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Grant, Francis (1893). "Henderson of Gardie". The County Families of the Zetland Islands. Lerwick: T & J Manson. pp. 126–128. 
  4. ^ a b "Gardie House: Site History". Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Historic Scotland. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Dewar, Peter Beauclerk (2001). Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain. Burke's Peerage. p. 1443. ISBN 978-0-9711966-0-5. 

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