Kimmerghame House

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Kimmerghame House before the fire of 1938
Kimmerghame on Fire
Kimmerghame Post Fire
Kimmerghame in its modern form

Kimmerghame House is a 19th-century mansion in the Scottish Borders, located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-east of Duns by the Blackadder Water. It is the home of the Swintons of Kimmerghame. The house was designed in the Scottish Baronial style by David Bryce in 1851.[1] Kimmerghame is protected as a category B listed building.[2]


Kimmerghame was the site of an earlier house, the home of Sir Andrew Home in the 1730s. An inventory of the house and its furnishing survives from this period.[3] This older house was demolished and rebuilt in the early 1850s. William Burn had produced designs for a new house in 1825, although nothing was done at the time.[2] The present house is dated 1851, and was designed by David Bryce. It incorporates interior panelling from the earlier house.[2]

Kimmerghame was partially destroyed by fire in 1938, and subsequently only partly rebuilt.[4] The present occupant is Major-General Sir John Swinton KCVO OBE, former Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire,[5] and father of the actress Tilda Swinton.[6]

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  1. ^ "Kimmerghame House, and lodge". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kimmerghame House: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Country Mansion". Scotland's People. General Register Office for Scotland, National Archives of Scotland, Court of the Lord Lyon. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  4. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects, though the Listed Building Report states "circa 1947".
  5. ^ "Thieves startled by general's roar". The Herald. 9 April 1997. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Maj.-Gen. Sir John Swinton of Kimmerghame". The Retrieved 2011-04-15. 

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Coordinates: 55°45′23″N 2°17′41″W / 55.75639°N 2.29472°W / 55.75639; -2.29472