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Mary Halket, Lady Bruce, at Kinross House in the 1680s1690s

Mary Halket, Lady Bruce, at Kinross House in the 1680s1690s Sir William Bruce (c.16301710), Surveyor of the King's Works in Scotland between 1671 and 1678, purchased the large and significant Kinross estate in 1675 for his family and the house he built on it is one of the most refined examples of Scottish classicism. This article argues that, contradicting the orthodoxy, the construction of the garden and the house owes to Mary Halket (d.1699), Bruce's first wife, as much as to Alexander Edward and Sir William Bruce. A collection of letters proves the importance of Lady Bruce at Kinross, an estate where she acted as a Clerk of Works while Bruce was occupied by affairs of state and by his own litigations in the 1680s and 1690s. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Mary Halket, Lady Bruce, at Kinross House in the 1680s1690s

Architectural Heritage , Volume 27 (1): 24 – Nov 1, 2016

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Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2017.0081
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Abstract

Sir William Bruce (c.16301710), Surveyor of the King's Works in Scotland between 1671 and 1678, purchased the large and significant Kinross estate in 1675 for his family and the house he built on it is one of the most refined examples of Scottish classicism. This article argues that, contradicting the orthodoxy, the construction of the garden and the house owes to Mary Halket (d.1699), Bruce's first wife, as much as to Alexander Edward and Sir William Bruce. A collection of letters proves the importance of Lady Bruce at Kinross, an estate where she acted as a Clerk of Works while Bruce was occupied by affairs of state and by his own litigations in the 1680s and 1690s.

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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