Dun Re-Done

Tony Aldous on the restoration of a mansion of an outstanding early 18th-century Scottish architect.

The name Adam in an architectural context means to most people the brothers Robert and James Adam, architects and developers of the Adelphi and Portland Place in London. Robert is better known as the brilliant reworker of country house interiors and creator of a new, enlivened style of Palladian decoration as well as architect of such outstanding Edinburgh buildings as the Register House and the University's Old Quad.

But Robert and James were the sons of a man who in his day was Scotland's outstanding architect, William Adam (1689-1748), the quality of whose buildings is evidenced by a superb Palladian mansion opened to the public this year after restoration by the National Trust for Scotland – the House of Dun near Montrose in Tayside.

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