This essay examines the Highland heritage of John Erskine, the 6th and 11th Earl of Mar (1675–1732) and how it influenced his architectural and landscape designs. Mar was an amateur architect and landscapist in the time of Sir William Bruce and James Smith; all three were Jacobites and this may explain their attachment to castellated architecture and the distinctiveness of their approach in redesigning castles. Mar shared this approach in the renovations of his own house at Alloa; but, unlike the other Scottish classicists in his circle, he integrated castellated forms into his plans for completely new classical houses. Linked with this feeling for the Scottish tradition of castellation was Mar's respect for the Highland landscape, thus this article ends with the attribution to Mar of a great woodland landscape at Invercauld in Aberdeenshire.
Architectural Heritage – Edinburgh University Press
Published: Nov 1, 2007