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Arbuthnott House

Entrance Halls and Diningroom

The conducted tour begins within the entrance hall where the walls carry antlers from the skeletons of two prehistoric deer found in a bog on the estate in the early part of the 19th century when the ground was being drained for agricultural improvement. The stags which carried antlers of this size were the woodland predecessors of the present red deer of Scotland which live almost entirely on open moorland. Beyond is the inner hall which was built in 1820 to enclose the Adam style staircase that leads up to the first landing. The paintings on the first flight are family portraits, the lady being the wife of the 5th Viscount.

Entrance is gained to the diningroom from the first landing. This room is in a typical 18th century style with the family portraits on three walls, that of the 1st Viscount (created 1641) being within the oval fram over the fireplace. The notable pictures are those on the wall opposite the window and to the left of the large cupboard. Five pictures of the exiled Stuart family include one of Price Charlie, another of his brother the Cardinal, one of his father (the Old Pretender) and two of his mother, Princess Sobieska. These five portraits were probably given to the family after the rebellion in recognition for the loyalty of the 5th Viscount to the Stuart cause. The 5th Viscount himself is in the large frame, full length on the right hand side of the cupboard on the same wall.

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Clan Arbuthnott


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