Kimmerghame House

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Kimmerghame House
General information
Architectural style Baronial
Location Scottish Borders
Current tenants Swintons of Kimmerghame
Design and construction
Architect David Bryce
Kimmerghame House is located in Scottish Borders
Kimmerghame House
Location of Kimmerghame House in Scottish Borders
Coordinates 55°45′23″N 2°17′41″W / 55.75639°N 2.29472°W / 55.75639; -2.29472Coordinates: 55°45′23″N 2°17′41″W / 55.75639°N 2.29472°W / 55.75639; -2.29472
Listed Building – Category B
Official name: Kimmerghame House with terrace and boundary walls, boar statues, garden seat, sundial, gates and gatepiers
Designated 9 October 1981
Reference no. 2133[1]
Official name: Kimmerghame House, stables
Reference no. 44503[2]
Designated 30 June 2011
Reference no. 00239[3]

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 seat of the Swintons of Kimmerghame, a branch of the Lowland Clan Swinton. The house was designed in the Scottish Baronial style by David Bryce in 1851.[4] Kimmerghame is protected as a category B listed building.[5]


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.[6] 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.[5] The present house is dated 1851, and was designed by David Bryce. It incorporates interior panelling from the earlier house.[5]

Kimmerghame was partially destroyed by fire in 1938, and subsequently only partly rebuilt.[7] The present occupant is Major-General Sir John Swinton KCVO OBE, former Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire,[8] and father of the actress Tilda Swinton.[9]


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  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Details from listed building database (2133)". Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Details from listed building database (44503)". Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Details from listed gardens and designed landscapes database (00239)". Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Kimmerghame House, and lodge". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  5. ^ a b c "Kimmerghame House: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Country Mansion". Scotland's People. General Register Office for Scotland, National Archives of Scotland, Court of the Lord Lyon. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  7. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects, though the Listed Building Report states "circa 1947".
  8. ^ "Thieves startled by general's roar". The Herald. 9 April 1997. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  9. ^ "Maj.-Gen. Sir John Swinton of Kimmerghame". The Retrieved 2011-04-15. 

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